Staying up to date on immunizations can protect you from contracting over a dozen debilitating conditions. Many patients have questions about vaccines like: Can they hurt you? How do they work? Can they give you the illness you’re being immunized against? The patient-centered team at Mansfield Urgent Care & Family Medicine in Mansfield, Texas, takes time to ensure your questions are answered and you feel confident with the preventive services being administered.
Your child’s vaccine schedule is complex.The doctor tracks and monitors each pediatric patient’s vaccine schedule to ensure you know which vaccines are recommended for your child during each stage of development and why they’re important.
In most cases, children receive vaccines at various intervals throughout the first two years of life and again around age 4. After age 4, vaccines aren’t required until age 11 and again at age 16.
The adult vaccination schedule depends on your medical history, risk factors, and dates of previous vaccinations.
Mansfield Urgent Care & Family Medicine administers the following immunizations to patients who are six months and older:
All vaccines can produce minor side effects, such as a low-grade fever or soreness at the site of administration. Before you’re vaccinated, you’ll be provided with an information sheet that outlines the risks and side effects associated with the vaccines you’re scheduled to receive. If the doctor has recommended vaccinations, they believe the risk outweighs the benefits.
It depends on the vaccine. Some vaccines expose you to a weakened pathogen, such as a virus. In response, your immune system produces antibodies, which fight off the pathogen if or when you’re exposed to it naturally in the future, preventing illness. This produces life-long active immunity.
Other vaccines provide you with the antibodies you need to fight infection. This is called passive immunity and generally lasts weeks or months.
Vaccines protect you from diseases that are potentially life-threatening. The risks associated with choosing not to vaccinate include the contraction of serious infections and possibly even death. In infants, the elderly, and immunocompromised patients, these diseases are more likely to result in life-threatening complications.
The vast reach of social media has contributed to the negative attention immunizations have received in recent years. However, multiple studies have evaluated the science behind recent allegations regarding vaccines and Autism and found no connection.