While most immunizations are received during childhood, adults also need protection from communicable diseases. Simrita Sidhu, MD, and Ramnik Banwatt, MD, of Premier Medical Care in Spring Hill, Florida, offer comprehensive adult immunization services that can help you prepare your immune system for battle. Schedule an appointment today online or by phone to get started.
Immunizations are a critical part of modern health and are the reason Americans don’t live at risk of some of the most deadly diseases in human history. Vaccines act as training exercises for your immune system, priming your body to launch a powerful response to invading germs.
When your immune system recognizes a germ (antigen), it responds by creating antibodies to fight off an infection. Once those antibodies are created they remain in your body for the rest of your life, ready to spring into action if you’re exposed again to the same antigen.
Most immunizations are received during childhood, especially before age 6. However, there are several circumstances in which adults need immunizations.
All adults should have a seasonal flu vaccine each year. This is especially important for adults with compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions. Pregnant women and the elderly should always get an annual flu shot.
The shingles vaccine is also important, as is the pneumonia vaccine and the immunizations for pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria.
Many adults have gaps in their immunization records. Vaccine recommendations shift and change over time, and adults who moved or changed doctors as children often missed important vaccinations.
Your doctor can review your shot records and determine if there are areas where vaccines or booster shots are needed. If you need several vaccines you can spread your shots out over more than one appointment.
Immunizations not only provide outstanding personal health benefits, but they also play a critical role in public health. That’s due to an effect known as “herd immunity.” When the bulk of a population receives a given vaccine that particular disease is unlikely to take hold within that part of the world.
This is why we no longer suffer outbreaks of polio or rubella, which were both common prior to their respective vaccines. Areas of the world where vaccinations aren’t readily available still encounter outbreaks of life-threatening communicable diseases.
When Americans choose to forgo vaccination, they place the most vulnerable in our society at serious risk. Infants, the elderly, and people with immune system problems can become sick and even die when exposed to certain diseases that are preventable using vaccinations.
Get the vaccines you need during a visit to Premier Medical Care. Online booking takes just moments or you can always call to schedule your visit.