Preventive Vaccinations Clinic in Beckley, WV
Common questions asked by patients: What vaccines are considered Are you up to date with your vaccinations? Contact our team of healthcare professionals today at Beckley Internal Medicine or visit us online to book an appointment.
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What vaccines are considered preventive?
How long does the flu vaccine last?
Which diseases have preventive immunization?
How many diseases are preventable by vaccines?
What are the most important vaccines?
Not only are all vaccines considered preventive care, but they are also the safest and most convenient preventive measures available. Keeping current on vaccinations is important for individuals of all ages, it is an opportunity to take control of your health.
Preventative care can be a combination of services used to detect and prevent disease, illness, and additional health problems. Measures taken include screenings, checkups, and patient counseling. Taking all available preventive health measures is always advisable as there is nothing more important than health, however, staying current on vaccinations is the most effective preemptive measure one can take.
Influenza(flu) affects millions of individuals each year. As the most commonly circulating flu strains vary a new seasonal immunization is developed annually. Receiving the seasonal flu vaccine annually is the most effective way to protect oneself against the flu. The viruses used in the vaccine are based on extensive surveillance and research on which strains will be the most prominent during the upcoming flu season.
Seasonal flu vaccines protect against influenza A and influenza B, and other types of flu shots provide other types of protection. Following the flu shot, it takes two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body to provide protection. During the two-week period, individuals should avoid touching their mouth or nose, practice good hygiene, and avoid crowds in communities in which the flu is circulating.
The body’s immunity to the flu decreases over time for patients who have received the vaccine or not for that reason and due to varying strains, a flu vaccine may not protect an individual from one flu season to the next. For that reason, it is advisable to receive the seasonal flu vaccine annually for maximum protection.
Preventive and highly safe effective immunization is available for a wide array of diseases. Vaccinations are available for the following diseases: Cholera, COVID-19, Dengue fever , Diphtheria, Ebola, Haemophilus influenza, type b, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis E, Human papillomavirus infection, Influenza, Japanese encephalitis, Malaria , Measles, and Meningococcal disease.
Additionally, vaccinations also include Mumps, Pneumococcal disease, Pertussis, Poliomyelitis, Rabies, Rotavirus gastroenteritis, Rubella, Tetanus, Tick-borne, encephalitis, Tuberculosis, Typhoid fever, Varicella, Yellow fever, and Shingles (Herpes Zoster).
Immunization is an opportunity to protect yourself and others from various serious diseases that can cause severe side effects and, in some cases, even death. The World Health Organization identifies 29 diseases for which preventive immunization is available (listed above). In the United States, there are 12 common vaccinations recommended for children to receive prior to their 18th birthday.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a specific schedule to follow as to when children should receive their vaccinations; however, the order does not indicate the level of importance. Every item on the list of recommended immunizations has been carefully considered prior to its selection and it is important for children to receive all of them.
In addition to safety concerts which are the obvious priority, children may also require full or certain immunizations to attend schools, childcare facilities, summer camps, or to participate in sports teams. Continually, though many consider vaccinations as something taken care of in childhood it is important for adults to stay current on their immunizations.
For individuals looking to stay current on their immunizations, Elizabeth Thompson Nelson, MD, a board-certified Internal Medicine Physician, and staff at Beckley Internal Medicine are available for vaccinations and all internal medicine needs. Learn more about vaccinations and contact us through the pages of our website to book an appointment. We serve patients from Beckley WV, Bradley WV, Baylor WV, Stanaford WV, Lester WV, and Beaver WV.