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Immunizations Specialist

Heights Medical

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

You may not enjoy getting your immunization shots during your annual wellness exam, but the brief pinching pain protects you from diseases that are a lot worse than the injection. The primary care team at Osler Medical Group at Heights Medical in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, provides vaccinations for patients of all ages. To learn more about immunizations or to update your shots, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Immunizations Q & A

What are immunizations?

Immunization is a medical treatment that protects you from disease through vaccinations. When you get sick, your immune system kicks into gear, creating antibodies against the disease to help you get better. If you come in contact with that same germ later in life, your immune system already has the antibodies needed to fight off the germ, which may prevent you from getting sick again.

To prevent you from getting sick, the team at Osler Medical Group at Heights Medical offers vaccinations, which are injections that contain minimal, safe amounts of a germ that’s either been weakened or killed. After your injection, your immune system reacts by creating antibodies against the germ. When you come in contact with the bug later in life, your immune system prevents you from getting sick at all.  

Are immunizations safe?

Yes, immunizations are safe. Many people have concerns about the safety of vaccines and may postpone vaccinations or skip them altogether. However, the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh any risks. 

Though some people experience an allergic reaction to vaccines, the occurrences are rare and often related to a substance in the vaccine, not the germ itself. You may experience some side effects after receiving your vaccinations, such as tenderness at the injection site, mild fever, or some aches and pains. But these side effects resolve quickly. 

How do I know what types of immunizations I need?

The team at Osler Medical Group at Heights Medical follows the recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule for children up to age 18. For children and adolescents who start late or are behind, the team uses the “catch-up” schedule.

Types of vaccinations needed include:

  • DTaP
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • MMR
  • Tetanus
  • Rotavirus
  • Polio
  • HPV 

Adults also need immunizations. The team at Osler Medical Group at Heights Medical determines the types of vaccines you need based on your immunization history, age, occupation, and health history. Some of the most common immunizations offered to adults at Osler Medical Group at Heights Medical include the flu vaccine and Pneumovax. 

Immunizations protect you from getting sick. To review your immunization needs, schedule an appointment at Osler Medical Group at Heights Medical by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.