Vaccinations protect you against preventable illnesses and help to protect the larger population from the spread of infectious diseases. While the majority of vaccines are administered during childhood, we recommend that adults continue to get annual flu shots and regular boosters for illnesses like tetanus. Other vaccinations like pneumonia and herpes zoster (shingles) shot can lower your risk for these illnesses.
Vaccinations Q & A
Why are vaccinations important?
Vaccines stimulate the production of antibodies that provide immunity against one or multiple diseases. They’re created from a weakened or inactive form of an illness, which allows the body to recognize the illness more quickly during a future encounter.
Vaccines are essential for good health and longevity, protecting against many deadly and preventable diseases. The majority of vaccines are administered during your childhood; however, many can be given later in life, and some that should be a part of your medical routine on an annual basis.
What vaccinations do I need?
For adults, recommended vaccines include:
Seasonal flu vaccine: especially crucial for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and older adults
Tdap and Td: to prevent against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria; booster should be every ten years
HPV: for both men and women ages 26 and under, to protect against human papillomavirus
Shingles: for adults 50 and older to prevent the herpes zoster (shingles) virus
Pneumococcal: for adults 65 and older and adults younger than 65 who have specific health conditions or who smoke cigarettes
Many factors may require additional vaccinations, such as:
Existing health conditions
Are vaccinations safe?
Vaccinations are very safe and effective. They’re also a public health commitment. By protecting yourself and your family from illness, you are helping to create a safer environment for the broader population.
After vaccination, you may experience some mild side effects, such as swelling, mild fever, and joint pain; more severe side effects are rare.
If you have any questions about vaccines or need the flu or tetanus shot, call our clinic or book an appointment online today. Walk-ins are also welcome.