Following the recommended schedule of adult immunizations is one of the best ways to achieve long-term health. Board-certified internal medicine physician Mano Zachariah, MD, provides adult immunizations at TotalMedMD in Orangeburg, New York. To find out if you’re up to date on your immunizations, call or book an appointment online today.
Immunization is the process of becoming immune or resistant to an infectious disease. When you get a disease, such as the chickenpox, your body naturally develops immunity to the virus so you don’t get sick from it again.
Another way to gain immunity to a disease is through vaccination, which usually involves one or more injections. With vaccines, you don’t need to experience an illness to develop immunity. Instead, the contents of the vaccine stimulate your immune system to protect you against future infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every adult gets vaccinated against the seasonal flu (influenza) every year. The flu shot is especially important for high-risk groups, such as older adults and adults of any age with chronic health conditions.
If you didn’t receive a Tdap vaccine to protect against pertussis (whooping cough) when you were a teenager, you should get one now. You should also get a Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years.
Dr. Zachariah offers vaccines recommended for young adults, up to age 26, including the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Students going away to a residential college may need a meningitis vaccine to live on campus.
Adults over age 50 should also get a shingles vaccine to protect against shingles and complications of that disease, such as skin infections. Adults over 65 should get a pneumococcal vaccine to protect against lung infections.
In addition to the seasonal flu shot and Td or Tdap vaccines, Dr. Zachariah may recommend additional vaccines for adults who have certain health conditions. Many different health problems make you more susceptible to disease, such as:
The best way to find out which vaccines you need is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zachariah. After performing a comprehensive physical exam and reviewing your medical history, he recommends appropriate vaccines based on current medical guidelines.
To find out which immunizations you need, call TotalMedMD or book an appointment online today.