When your doctor suggests getting immunized, there are often many questions. This is totally normal, and it is okay to ask questions! Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about vaccinations. 

What are vaccinations? 

Vaccinations are injections or mists that you breathe in to create an immune response. They help boost your body’s immune system. Immunizations usually contain dead viruses, weakened viruses, mRNA, or other substances that stimulate your body to produce antibodies.  Antibodies help protect you against getting sick in the future. If you do get sick after receiving vaccinations, your symptoms are usually much less severe.  

Which vaccinations are available? 

Vaccinations available at Greenbrook Medical can protect you against the following:

  • Flu
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis 
  • Hepatitis A, B, and C
  • Diphtheria
  • Dengue
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Meningococcal 
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus 

The immunizations that are best for you depend on your age, risk factors, medical history, preferences, and immunization history. Your provider works with you to develop a vaccination regimen that best matches your needs and goals. 

Are vaccinations right for me? 

Your Greenbrook Medical provider reviews your medical history, checks your vital signs, and completes a physical exam to determine which vaccinations you’re a candidate for.  They discuss the risks and benefits and recommend a vaccination regimen that you feel most comfortable with. Your primary care provider always gives you a voice in your care.

What should I expect when getting vaccinations? 

When getting vaccines, you rest comfortably on a relaxing chair. Your provider gently injects vaccine substances, often into your upper arm. Each injection takes just a few seconds. You might also breathe in a mist or nasal spray, depending on which vaccine you receive. 

What happens after getting vaccinated? 

After receiving vaccinations at Greenbrook Medical, you may feel a little bit tired or have mild flu-like symptoms, such as muscle aches, a low-grade fever, or nasal congestion. You can expect some redness or soreness at the injection site, but these side effects are temporary. Call the Greenbrook Medical office if you experience new or worsening side effects. 

Depending on which vaccinations you receive, you might need repeat injections every year or more often in some cases to help you obtain the strongest immunity. Your specialist lets you know when to schedule additional vaccinations. 

Is my vaccine 100 percent effective?

Most vaccines are highly effective, but that does not mean they will protect every individual. This depends on a person’s immune system and how they respond to immunization. However, most people will find that their vaccine’s effectiveness is at least 85-99 percent effective

To learn more about vaccinations and which ones are available at Greenbrook Medical or to receive a vaccine, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

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