Thanks to vaccines, many contagious diseases causing serious illnesses are no longer a significant threat to public health. To help you stay healthy, Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, provides vaccines for people of all ages, including infants, children, teens, and adults. To update your vaccines, call the office most convenient to you or schedule an appointment online today.
Vaccines are injections that contain weak or dead germs known to cause diseases or unique proteins to the contagious germ. They help build your immunity against the germ without making you sick.
When administered, your body recognizes the germs as a foreign and dangerous substance and develops antibodies to destroy the germ.
If you contact the germ at another point in time, your immune system releases the antibodies, which may prevent you from getting sick or developing severe symptoms.
The types of vaccines you need depend on your age, medical history, and risk of exposure to certain germs. Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, is a primary care practice that provides vaccines for you and your entire family.
Some of the vaccines they offer include:
Your provider talks to you about the vaccines available and suggests which ones you need to stay healthy and prevent disease.
Despite the many myths and misconceptions surrounding vaccines, they are safe. Because millions of people of all ages receive vaccines every year, the FDA requires them to undergo years of testing before being released to the public.
You can develop side effects after vaccinations, such as pain or swelling at the injection site, body aches and pains, or fever following certain vaccinations.
Though uncomfortable, these side effects are short-lived and mild compared to symptoms you might experience when infected with the actual disease.
Your age and the type determine when to get the vaccine. If you’re not sure when you need to get vaccines, the providers at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, can help. They can review your vaccination history and provide recommendations.
The providers follow the vaccination guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine what type of vaccine you need and when. Children receive most vaccines during their first 15 months of life.
However, many vaccines require booster shots to maintain immunity, which the providers administer periodically during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Additionally, you need a flu vaccine every year.
Vaccines are one of the preventive tools that keep you from getting sick. To update your vaccines, call Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, or schedule an appointment online today.