Staying up to date with your immunizations is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself against life-threatening diseases. At Medinet Family Care Clinic in Houston, Texas and Sugar Land, Texas, Bharat Gandhi, MD, and Priya Gandhi, MD offer comprehensive immunization services to make sure you and your children stay healthy. Book an appointment online or over the phone today to update your immunization records.
Immunizations, otherwise called vaccines, are preventive treatments designed to provide your body with the defenses it needs to fight against potentially life-threatening illnesses.
During your immunization consultation, your doctor administers a small and diluted amount of the virus directly into your body through a needle. Once your body absorbs the virus, it starts to create antibodies to reject the virus.
These antibodies stay in your body and shield you from future infections.
Getting immunized isn’t only a medical requirement, it’s also a civic responsibility.
Refusing to get vaccinated exposes you to diseases that can lead to devastating and life-altering consequences, such as infertility, paralysis, even death.
Also, immunizations are a clear sign of respect for your community. Some people aren’t able to get immunized because of allergies. In these cases, knowing that the people around them are vaccinated against a disease can reduce their chances of exposure.
Pediatric immunizations are integral to making sure your child starts life healthy. Vaccinations also significantly reduce their chances of contracting illnesses down the line.
Common and mandatory immunizations for children under the age of 18 include:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publishes this list every year as a reminder that children are the most at risk of contracting an illness due to their underdeveloped immune system.
As an adult, you should speak to Dr. Gandhi about which boosters you’ll need to make sure the vaccines you received as a child are still active. Boosters are available for most of the vaccines included in the list above. Dr. Gandhi also recommends that you get a tetanus shot every 10 years.
During your appointment at Medinet Family Care Clinic, Dr. Gandhi evaluates the number of antibodies present in your system to fight off diseases. You might also need additional vaccines if you’re a frequent traveler.
Take control over your health and stay up to date with your immunizations. Call or book an appointment at Medinet Family Care Clinic today.