Immunizations are a critical part of both personal and public health. Rafath Humera, MD, of Park Medical Center in Clifton, New Jersey, offers comprehensive immunization services and is committed to educating those in her care about the role vaccines play in modern health. If you need an immunization or simply want a specialist to review your immunization record to check for gaps, schedule a visit with Dr. Humera today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your life, or you can call to check availability.
It’s difficult to overstate the importance of immunization, both on a personal level and from the perspective of public health. Vaccines have altered the course of human existence by creating widespread immunity to diseases that once decimated populations.
Even so, pervasive misinformation continues to surround the topic of immunizations. That leads far too many people to forego vaccination for themselves and their children. Statistics indicate that declining immunization is to blame for an increase in disease types previously believed to be eradicated.
The science behind vaccines is fascinating. Immunization works by introducing a harmless form of a bacteria or virus into your system. Your body’s immune system recognizes and reacts to that invader by creating antibodies to fight off an infection.
It’s important to understand that the bacteria and viruses used in vaccines are too weak to cause illness or are completely dead or inactive. You won’t get sick from vaccines, and there is no evidence to suggest vaccination causes other harm.
Once you have those antibodies in your system, you have them for life. They never leave but rather stand by waiting for their moment to shine. If you’re ever exposed to the active form of the same bacteria or virus, those antibodies spring into action to fight off an infection.
There are many different types of vaccines, most of which are administered when you’re very young. Some of the more common vaccines protect against:
This is not a comprehensive list. If the number of available vaccines seems overwhelming, don’t be concerned. Dr. Humera can review your immunization record and determine which vaccines you need. You should also know that vaccines aren’t just for children; adults can benefit from most vaccines as well.
To explore immunization in more detail, schedule a visit with Dr. Humera at your earliest convenience. You can book an appointment online, or call during business hours to speak with a friendly staff member.