Preventative and Immunizations
Family Medical Center offers preventative medicine and comprehensive immunization services for ages 5 and older.
We provide the following vaccines to our patients:
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (called the Tdap vaccine)
- Hepatitis A and B
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Measles, mumps, rubella (the MMR vaccine)
- Meningococcal disease (meningitis)
- Varicella (chickenpox) and shingles
Ideally, people should be fully vaccinated against these diseases by the age of 11 or 12. Since new vaccines are constantly being developed (the HPV vaccine for example was only approved in 2006), there is a chance some teens may have missed getting at least one of these. The good news is in most cases you can still get a vaccine if you’ve missed it.
Are You Going Out of the Country?
Visit the CDC Yellow Book for what vaccines are recommended for the area you are traveling to. These vaccines can be found at the Seminole County Department of Health, Orange County Department of Health and the Orlando Health Passport Clinic.
We are unable to provide traveler’s vaccines including typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, and yellow fever.
Why Do I Need Shots?
Missing a shot may not seem like a bad thing — nobody wakes up in the morning thinking they’d love to go out and get a jab in the arm. But missing out on shots puts you at more serious risk than you might think. That one little “ouch” moment protects you from some major health problems. For example, older teens and adults who get diseases like mumps may not feel too sick — but they could still be at risk for side effects of the illness, such as infertility.
People sometimes mistakenly think that vaccinations are just for children or that they are for diseases that only kids get. But many of the conditions that we are vaccinated against when we’re kids — like hepatitis B or tetanus — actually affect more adults than children. And those “kid diseases” like chickenpox? Anyone can get them — and they are far more dangerous to teens and adults than they are to kids.
The best reason to get shots is that they could save your life. Hepatitis B attacks the liver and can eventually kill. The new HPV vaccine can protect females from cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, and males from cancer of the penis. For both females and males, it is used to prevent cancers of the anus and back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils (oropharynx). And, another great reason to stay current on your shots is that scientists are continually working on new vaccines against diseases like HIV.
Are Vaccinations Safe?
Like any medicine, vaccines may cause side effects, but receiving one is far safer than getting the disease it prevents. The most common reactions include soreness, redness, and swelling in the area of the shot or a low-grade fever. Usually, acetaminophen or ibuprofen will take care of these side effects. Having an adverse reaction to a vaccine is rare. If you’ve had reactions to vaccines in the past let your doctor know.
Remember, you’re not alone no one likes shots. But the good news is that the injection itself only lasts for a second, but you’ll be protected for a long time after that!
An annual well-woman exam is the most important step women of all ages can take to protect their health.
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