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About Vaccines

Vaccines boost your immune system so it’s ready to encounter and ward off serious diseases that may otherwise be deadly. The experts at AssociatesMD in Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Weston, Margate, and Dania Beach, Florida, provide vaccines to you and your loved ones so you and your community as a whole receive protection. Call AssociatesMD or book a visit online today. You can also walk in any time for urgent care services. 

Vaccines Q & A

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines offer a way to boost your immune system so it can fight specific disease-causing viruses and bacteria. They’ve successfully eradicated a host of diseases from the population already and have cut infection numbers drastically for many other diseases. 

Most vaccines contain either a dead or inactive version of the virus or bacteria, or a protein that comes from the pathogen. By introducing these into your bloodstream, your immune cells can recognize the pathogen and build specialized antibodies to fight the disease if you ever encounter it. 

Even if a vaccine doesn’t offer full protection from a given disease, it can reduce the disease’s severity significantly and protect you from long-lasting complications that might arise otherwise. 

Which illnesses can vaccines protect me from?

There are reliable vaccines available to protect you and your loved ones from a plethora of diseases. The team at AssociatesMD can tell you more about the recommended vaccine schedule, with many vaccines available for infants and small children. 

You can get vaccinated against diseases like:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Whooping cough
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • COVID-19
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria
  • Shingles
  • The annual flu

The flu vaccine changes annually because the active strains of influenza do, too. 

The team can recommend additional vaccines if you intend to travel to specific areas of the world in which certain diseases are more common than they are in the United States. 

Are vaccines safe?

While you may have heard some debate about the safety of modern vaccines, the team at AssociatesMD can assure you that vaccines are safe for most people. These vaccines go through many levels of research before ever becoming available to the broader public. 

While you might experience a mild illness immediately after some vaccines, any symptoms you get are minimal compared to what could develop from an actual infection. 

Vaccines have saved the lives of millions of people throughout history. This includes the unvaccinated, too, because when a large enough percentage of the population gets vaccinated, there is much less chance of them spreading it to unvaccinated people in the community. 

Call AssociatesMD or schedule an appointment online for more information on available vaccines for you and your family today. You can also walk in for an urgent care visit at any time.