Before the introduction of immunizations, thousands of American children and adults died from vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio and rubella. Malvis Tamon, DNP, at LJ Medical Health and Wellness Clinic in Rockville, Maryland, recommends and offers routine vaccines to keep your family protected. If you need to update your vaccinations, call the office or click to set up an appointment online.
Vaccines carry weakened or inactivated germs from the conditions they protect against. Once the virus or bacteria enters your body, your immune system produces antibodies to fight the illness without causing you to contract the full-blown sickness.
The body “remembers” these invaders, and should it ever come into contact with the illness again, the immune system is equipped to produce the correct antibodies to fight against it. Immunizations essentially train the body to fight germs without having to experience the full effects of the illness.
Vaccines help prevent the spread of contagious diseases and the dangerous complications from contracting preventable illnesses. Immunizations also help protect vulnerable populations who can’t get vaccinated from ever coming into contact with dangerous germs, such as newborns and those who are immunocompromised.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends most children receive the following vaccinations and boosters at the appropriate times:
Most healthy adults should receive the following vaccinations:
Dr. Tamon may recommend other vaccinations for adults with additional risk factors. If you’re traveling abroad, she may also suggest additional immunizations.
You don’t need to make any preparations for your shots. However, a few tips can help make the process as easy as possible:
Feel free to contact LJ Medical Health and Wellness if you have any other questions about immunizations or need to update them. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.