Immunizations are vaccinations that help strengthen the body's immune system to fight against various diseases and infections. These are preventive treatments that are highly recommended for children, teens, and adults. There are a wide variety of vaccinations that are issued at different stages of life. In some cases, certain immunizations are required, depending on your profession, workplace, and educational institution. To discuss the current immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), schedule an appointment with family practitioner Dr. Priti Ranjan at Nest Family Medicine in Plano, TX.
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Types of vaccines
Immunizations and booster shots are administered at different ages, starting from infancy on throughout adulthood. Speak with your doctor about how often and when the following vaccinations are needed:
- Chickenpox (varicella)
- DTaP protects against diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus
- MMR protects against measles, mumps, and rubella
- Polio (IPV)
- Pneumococcal protects against pneumonia, blood infections, and bacterial meningitis
- Rotavirus protects against stomach flu
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hib protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b
- Meningococcal protects against bacterial meningitis
- Influenza protects against seasonal flu
why are immunizations important?
Not only do immunizations protect you but other people as well. They are the most effective way to guard against infectious diseases and help prevent the spread of serious illnesses. Although many medical conditions and viruses can be treated with modern medicine, some diseases do not have a cure. For example, polio. It is caused by the poliovirus, which is highly contagious and can lead to permanent paralysis. Since there is no known cure for polio, the best form of protection is vaccination.
safeguard your health
There are many infectious diseases that can result in serious complications and even death. Thankfully, most of these major health concerns can be prevented with the help of vaccinations. To safeguard the health of you and your family, contact Nest Family Medicine in Plano, TX to learn more about immunizations. We also invite you to view our patient resource page to view the list of insurance plans we accept at our facility.