vaccinationsBefore vaccines were available, millions suffered from the aftermath of catching life-threatening diseases such influenza, measles, mumps, hepatitis B and C, and others.  Some of the effects of being infected included being paralyzed, having brain damage, and even death from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Since vaccines became available 50 years ago, they have become one of the most effective ways to prevent serious, life-long diseases in adults and children.

While people today have a very low risk of getting infected, without vaccinations, you’re still vulnerable to disease.

Here are a few questions you may have about vaccinations, and why they are important to your health.

How do vaccines work?

Your immune system is constantly working to fight against illnesses and infections.  When a foreign organism enters the body, the immune system detects it and responds by creating proteins called antibodies.  Vaccines work by stimulated the immune system to produce antibodies. Once your body knows how to destroy the foreign organism, you’re protected against infections and diseases even when exposed.

Are there any side effects of getting vaccinated?

Most vaccines are safe and cause few, if any, serious side effects.

If you start to develop unusual reactions such as rashes involving much of the body surface, difficulty breathing, high fevers, seizures, or loss of consciousness within a short time after being vaccinated, you should be seen by a healthcare provider.

Are vaccinations safe?

Vaccines have been a tried and true method of preventing diseases.  Throughout the years, vaccines have shown to prevent life-threatening diseases and infections for millions of people, including children, every day.

What diseases do vaccinations protect me from?

Vaccinations can protect you from common diseases such as:

  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • Measles/mumps/rubella
  • Polio Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP)
  • Chickenpox
  • Pneumococcal

Where can I get these vaccinations?

At AFC Urgent Care West Orange, we provide these vaccinations and more at our walk-in clinic, and you never need an appointment to receive vaccinations.  Simply walk into our urgent care center any day during the week and you’ll be seen by one of our experienced and friendly physicians.

For more information about the services we provide, please call us at 973-669-5900.