Vaccinations are important for kids, but adults still need boosters and an annual flu shot to stay healthy. Internal medicine specialist Suresh Lohano, MD, and the team at Premier Primary Care in New Albany, Indiana, keep track of your vaccination record and provide necessary vaccinations to ensure you get protection from infectious diseases. Call the office or book online to update your vaccinations today.
Vaccinations protect you from common contagious illnesses. These injections contain dead or weakened germs that prompt your body to form immunity against particular infections.
If you come into contact with a germ after you’re vaccinated, your immune system knows how to fight it off so you don’t get sick.
Premier Primary Care offers standard vaccinations for people of all ages.
The vaccinations you need depends on your age and your vaccination history. By age 2, most children should have received vaccines to protect them against 14 diseases, including chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B.
Boosters of these shots may be administered to children 4-6 years of age. Preteens and teens benefit from meningitis and HPV vaccines.
The flu vaccine is important for anyone older than 6 months. This vaccine must be administered annually to offer protection against the year’s most common flu strain. Some older adults benefit from a vaccination that protects them against pneumonia.
Other specific vaccines may be required for your job or if you plan to travel abroad.
The flu vaccine works like other vaccinations — you build up antibodies to the flu when you receive it. However, those antibodies are only protective against the particular strain in the vaccine.
Each year, flu strains change enough to render last year’s antibodies ineffective, meaning you need to get a flu shot every year to be protected.
A number of different versions of the flu virus circulate each season. Researchers who develop the vaccine predict which ones will become most prevalent and include them in the vaccine.
Vaccines protect you, your family, and the general population from developing devastating diseases. Even though they’re safely given to millions of people (including children) every year, some people still question if vaccines are safe.
Vaccines go through rigorous testing and trials before they’re released to the general public. Vaccines have even eradicated major illnesses, such as smallpox, so humans no longer have to fear infection.
Premier Primary Care safely administers appropriate vaccinations so you can stay as healthy as possible.
Call Premier Primary Care or book an appointment online today to get vaccinations for you and your family.