Immunizations are important because they can protect you from serious diseases such as influenza, measles, and certain types of pneumonia. Karen Reid-Renner, MD, of Southern Indiana Family Practice Center and Rejuv Spa offers immunizations to patients of all ages in Bloomington, Indiana. If you or a loved one are due for an immunization, call the office, or book your appointment using the online tool.
Immunizations, which are also called “vaccines,” provide you with immunity to certain infections, such as tetanus, hepatitis, influenza, and others that are known to cause serious illness.
They work by exposing you to a dead or weakened version of the pathogen that causes disease so that your immune system can learn to recognize it and fight it off. If you’re exposed to the same pathogen in the future, serious illness is unlikely.
Most people receive the majority of their immunizations during childhood. Some of the immunizations the Centers for Disease Control recommends for children include:
Some immunizations are also recommended for adults, including:
Each immunization has its own recommended booster schedule. Some immunizations require only a few doses during childhood, while others may require doses during childhood and boosters later in life. Certain immunizations, such as the influenza vaccine, require you to get another dose every year.
Immunizations aren’t particularly painful. Most patients report feeling only a small pinch when immunizations are administered in the form of a shot. Some vaccines, such as the influenza vaccine, may be available in the form of a nasal spray.
Each immunization poses a small risk to the patient. Some of the side effects of immunizations include diarrhea, fever, mild flu-like symptoms, redness or pain at the injection site, or an allergic reaction to one of the components of the vaccine. In most cases, side effects to immunizations are mild or nonexistent. In addition, the diseases from which immunizations offer protection to patients are much more likely to cause serious complications than the immunizations themselves.
If you haven’t received immunizations as recommended by the CDC, you can usually catch up later. If you think that you may be behind on their vaccines, you should schedule an appointment to discuss the issue with Dr. Reid-Renner.
To learn more about recommended immunizations, call Southern Indiana Family Practice Center and Rejuv Spa, or book an appointment online.