Immunizations for Adults
At The Nurse’s Office, we provide adult immunizations. In addition, we offer seasonal vaccines and tetanus shots.
Immunizations are essential to keeping us healthy and certain illnesses at bay. Some shots even prevent life-threatening diseases. Vaccinations typically include measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Pneumonia shots can also be included.
Vaccinations work by bringing our immune systems to our defense. The immune system is designed to attack foreign invaders or germs, such as viruses. Once the immune system is exposed to a particular germ, the immune system can recognize or remember that germ, if it is reintroduced, and fight it again. Vaccines work by introducing germs that have been killed or weakened into the body. When given to a healthy person, the introduction of these dead or weakened germs allows the immune system to respond and build immunity to the germ, without the individual actually getting the disease. If the person is then exposed to the germ in the future, he or she is protected and immune to the disease.
It is important to remember that not all vaccinations are one-time shots. Certain vaccinations require a series of shots over a period of time for the individual to build immunity safely and effectively. Other vaccinations, such as tetanus shots, require a booster shot periodically to maintain immunity.
Vaccinations follow a strict and specific schedule, and it is critical to follow that schedule to ensure the health, safety, and effectiveness of the immunizations. Your practitioner while help you understand the schedule and ensure that you get follow-up visits at the appropriate times to stay on track with your shots. In addition to your doctor keeping a vaccination schedule, we recommend that you keep a schedule as well, to ensure all shots are received and on time.
In addition to immunizations that last years to a lifetime, annual vaccinations like flu shots protect against seasonal illnesses. If you work in a public setting, take public transportation regularly, or are exposed to germs through children or other individuals, getting an annual flu shot may minimize your risk of getting the flu. There are many different strains of the flu virus. Flu shots protect against the strains of the flu that research predicts will be most common for the year. As such, it is possible to contract a less common strain of the flu not included in the flu vaccination. Nevertheless, the influenza virus kills tens of thousands of people each year, and hundreds of thousands of others are hospitalized because of the flu. Protecting yourself is wise, particularly if you are at high risk of contracting the flu.
If you have any questions or concerns about vaccinations for you or a loved one, please call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our primary care providers. We are accepting and welcoming new patients at this time. Please contact us by calling 860.603.3541. We are look forward to caring for you.