Immunizations Specialist

Arlington Family Practice

Family Practice located in Arlington, MA

Protecting yourself from potentially life-threatening diseases should be one of your top priorities. At Arlington Family Practice, Dr. Ann Morvai and the medical team are committed to providing men, women, and families living in Arlington, Massachusetts, the most effective and up-to-date immunizations on the market. Book an appointment online or by phone to get the immunizations you need.

Immunizations Q & A

Arlington Family Practice

What are immunizations?

Otherwise called vaccines, immunizations refer to preventive treatments that give your body the defenses it needs to fight against certain illnesses.

Your doctor injects a small and diluted amount of the virus into your body with a needle. In response, your body builds up antibodies to reject the virus. These stay in your body and protect you from future infections.  

Why are immunizations important?

Immunizations are instrumental in preventing dangerous diseases. Remember that refusing to get vaccinated against certain diseases can expose you to things like infertility, paralysis, and even death.

If you’re still wondering why you need to stay up to date with your immunizations, well it’s simply the responsible thing to do, not just for yourself, but for those in your community.

In some cases, you might be allergic to a vaccine and not able to get it. If everyone in your community is vaccinated, this significantly reduces your chances of exposure.

What are some pediatric immunizations?

It’s essential to ensure that your child starts off with up-to-date immunizations, as this will reduce the risks of them contracting an illness down the line. Arlington Family Practice recommends that children under the age of 18 get the following immunizations.

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Acellular pertussis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide and conjugate
  • Flu
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes this list to entice people across the country to get their children immunized against diseases that could otherwise be deadly.

What immunizations do I need as an adult?

Arlington Family Practice recommends that adult patients consider getting boosters of the vaccines they got as children — some or most of these vaccines are in the list above. It’s recommended to get a tetanus shot every 10 years, for example.

Your doctor determines your levels of antibodies against a specific disease and determines with you whether you should consider getting a booster or not.  

Additionally, lifestyle and travel habits might require specific types of vaccines based on the country you’re visiting. Arlington Family Practice also administers flu shots to its patients of all ages.

Stay up-to-date with your immunizations and protect not just yourself, but everyone around you. Call or book an appointment at Arlington Family Practice today.