Express Family Clinic
Family Practice located in Allen, TX
Vaccinations protect you against preventable illnesses and help to protect the larger population from the spread of infectious disease. While the majority of vaccines are administered during childhood, Sunil Modi, MD and Pradeep Parihar, MD recommend that adults continue to get annual flu shots and regular boosters for illnesses like tetanus. If you or your child is in need of vaccination, call Express Family Clinic in Allen, Texas, or book an appointment online now.
Vaccinations Q & A
Why are vaccinations important?
Vaccines stimulate the production of antibodies that provide immunity against one or multiple diseases. They’re created from a weakened or inactive form of an illness, which allows the body to recognize the illness more quickly during a future encounter.
Vaccines are essential for good health and longevity, protecting against many deadly and preventable diseases. The majority of vaccines are administered during your childhood; however, many can be given later in life and some that should be a part of your medical routine on an annual basis.
What vaccinations do I need?
Children have a more complex list of vaccines and a schedule of boosters, including polio, measles, mumps, and diphtheria, so please schedule an appointment with Dr. Modi and Dr. Parihar to discuss your child’s wellness plan.
For adults, recommended vaccines include:
- Seasonal flu vaccine: especially crucial for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and older adults
- Tdap and Td: to prevent against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria; booster should be every ten years
- HPV: for both men and women ages 26 and under, to protect against human papillomavirus
- Shingles: for adults 50 and older
- Pneumococcal disease: for adults 65 and older and adults younger than 65 who have specific health conditions or who smoke cigarettes
Many factors may require additional vaccinations, such as:
- School requirements
- Work environment
- Existing health conditions
- Travel plans
Before traveling abroad, it’s essential to research the specific vaccines you will need and talk to your Express Family Clinic physician to avoid disease or infection.
Are vaccinations safe?
Vaccinations are very safe and effective. They’re also a public health commitment. By protecting yourself and your family from illness, you are helping to create a safer environment for the broader population.
After a vaccination, you may experience some mild side effects, such as swelling, mild fever, and joint pain; more severe side effects are rare.
If you have any questions about vaccines or need the flu or tetanus shot, call Express Family Clinic or book an appointment online today. Walk-ins are also welcome.
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