Immunization isn’t only necessary for children, but for adults and the elderly as well because even young, healthy people succumb to diseases and get very sick. But sometimes people question why we continue to vaccinate when many infectious diseases seem to have disappeared. While diseases like polio and diphtheria are increasingly rare in the United States today, they are not completely eradicated and could spread again under the right circumstances.
This is why we keep immunizing, to protect against deadly viruses from rising again. Vaccinations are designed to protect us from diseases that could still spread because they haven’t completely gone away. Like a healthy diet and exercise, vaccines help keep you and your loved ones more healthy and safe. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises keeping up with vaccinations during your lifetime so that infectious diseases like shingles, pneumococcal disease, influenza, HPV and hepatitis B, won’t reach you.
Who Needs Vaccinations?
The good news is, vaccines are convenient and safe preventive care measures to implement and can literally save your life. They are also one of the safest forms of medicine available today. Rest assured they will not give you the disease you are being vaccinated for as “killed viruses” cannot give you the disease. Because anyone can get sick from a viral infection, even the young and healthy, it’s not just babies and the elderly who are at risk for infection. That’s why preventing disease with vaccinations is so important. You don’t want to get sick, miss work, or unintentionally infect your loved ones, including children, grandchildren or aging parents with a preventable disease.
Get Your Vaccination
Because of this, the CDC advises having certain vaccinations from birth through adulthood. Getting immunized will help you avoid a variety of harmful and deadly diseases. To protect your family, you will want to bring them in for recommended vaccinations, and that includes you, your spouse and your children even if you are all currently healthy. At the medical office of John Abroon, M.D. in New York City, we are pleased to offer several vaccinations on-site, including the following:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (flu), including H1N1
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Zoster (shingles)
We are proud to serve our community with skilled medical care, including vaccinations for optimal health. Dr. Abroon is a board-certified internist who can help you understand which vaccinations you and your family need to stay healthy and protected against infectious disease. He will thoroughly assess your medical history and current health. We welcome you to give our team a call today to learn more about our routine immunizations or to schedule an appointment.