Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Greensburg, PA, Mt. Pleasant, PA, Donegal, PA

Immunization is an important part of preventing dangerous diseases in men, women, and children. Milad Shaker, MD, provides vaccines for patients of all ages at Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. To learn more about recommended immunizations for you and your family, call or book an appointment online today.

Immunizations Q & A

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What is a vaccine?

Vaccines are controlled doses of a weakened version of a substance that triggers your body’s immune response. These substances are called antigens. Viruses, bacteria, and other toxins that make you sick contain antigens.

When your body encounters an antigen, it produces antibodies to protect itself from that antigen in the future. Vaccines introduce an antigen to trigger your body to create these antibodies without making you sick in the process.

Vaccines provide your body with the antibodies necessary to overcome an antigen if you’re ever exposed to that particular virus or bacteria. This not only protects you from disease, it protects the people close to you from catching it.

When does my child need immunizations?

Infants should receive a Hepatitis B vaccine at birth. Then, they should get vaccinated according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended schedule from age 2 months through 18 years.

Dr. Shaker reviews your child’s immunization record to make sure they’re up-to-date on necessary vaccines. Many schools, including universities, require specific vaccinations prior to attendance.

When do adults need immunizations?

Though most immunizations occur during childhood, adults also need vaccines in certain situations. Common reasons for adult immunizations include:

  • International travel
  • Starting a new job
  • Moving into a college dormitory
  • An injury that requires a tetanus shot

Sensitive groups, such as people with chronic diseases, may also benefit from routine immunizations.

If you’re not sure whether you need vaccines, Dr. Shaker can answer any questions you may have. He carefully evaluates your state of health and medical history before recommending immunizations.

What is the flu vaccine?

The flu virus changes every year, so the flu vaccine changes as well. You should get vaccinated annually to protect yourself and your family from the seasonal flu.

Children under 5, adults over 65, and certain high-risk groups, such as people with chronic illnesses, are particularly susceptible to developing dangerous flu complications. It’s especially important for these groups to get a flu vaccine.

To learn more about immunizations for you and your family, call Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice or book an appointment online today.