Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect yourself, your family, and your community from disease. Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine offers vaccines for the whole family at their office in Orland Park, Illinois. Whether your child is due for a vaccine or you’re planning a family trip abroad, call the office or make an appointment online to get the vaccines you need.
Immunizations introduce a vaccine into your body to produce and increase your body’s ability to fight off a specific disease. Over the years, medical professionals have reduced or eradicated the risk of contracting dangerous diseases such as polio, smallpox, and mumps.
Immunizations are a critical part of public health. They keep you, your family, and your community safe from diseases that cause disfigurement, infertility, paralysis, and death.
Your immune system uses white blood cells to fight off illness and disease. The first time you come into contact with a virus, bacteria, or other pathogen, your body needs some time to make and use the necessary antibodies to fight off the disease, and in the meantime, you feel sick.
A vaccine helps you develop immunity to diseases before you come into contact with them. Your health care provider injects the vaccine into your body. It stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies but typically doesn’t make you sick.
Then, if you encounter that illness later, your body already knows how to fight it, and you avoid disease.
Yes, vaccines are safe. All vaccines are subject to extensive testing and rigorous approval processes to ensure their safety.
While some patients might have a mild reaction to a vaccine, these reactions are benign, especially when compared to the long-term health risks associated with diseases like polio, measles, and mumps.
Your health care provider at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine can give you personalized advice on which vaccines you and your family need. Most immunizations are provided during childhood, although adults may need additional vaccines or boosters.
Children typically need to have immunizations for:
You should also consider annual flu shots for your family and the COVID-19 vaccine. You may also need additional DTap boosters or specific vaccines for international travel.
Call Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine or make an appointment online today if you or a family member need an immunization.