First Choice Medical PLLC
Family Practice Physician & Internal Medicine located in Holbrook, NY
Vaccinations help the body recognize dangerous and deadly diseases without causing sickness or harm. Dr. Lawrence Goldman provides vaccinations for adults and children at First Choice Medical located in Holbrook, New York. Call the practice today or book your appointment online to get the vaccines you need.
Vaccinations Q & A
Why do I need vaccines?
When bacteria and viruses attack your body, you get an infection. The infection is what triggers sickness and symptoms, even as your immune system fights against it. Eventually, your body produces cells (called antibodies) to beat the infection, but it takes time.
Vaccines release bacteria and viruses of specific illnesses into your body intentionally. But the vaccines don’t cause symptoms. While your body fights against the bacteria and viruses and eradicates the infection, you won’t feel sick.
Because of the vaccine, if you become infected in the future, your body will recognize these same bacteria and viruses and create antibodies fast enough to prevent sickness. This is what’s called immunity.
What are the side effects of vaccinations?
Vaccines can cause side effects, like any medication. The side effects are often mild, such as redness and swelling at the site where your First Choice Medical care provider injects the vaccine.
If your child experiences redness or swelling, apply a cold, damp cloth to the area. The side effects should clear within a few days.
Some children are allergic to components in specific vaccines. Severe allergic reactions are rare, but Dr. Goldman is trained to handle them.
What do vaccinations prevent?
Vaccines prevent a variety of diseases, including many that are considered dangerous or deadly, especially for children who have difficulty fighting infections. Common diseases that vaccines prevent include:
- Hepatitis A
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
Who can be vaccinated?
Children receive vaccines from birth to 18 years of age. Adults who didn’t get vaccinated as a child can and should get them now. Some diseases can be serious for adults, such as the flu, which can be more harmful to people with chronic illnesses.
Be prepared. Get the vaccines from the medical staff you can trust at First Choice Medical. Dr. Goldman can answer any questions you have and administer the vaccines you need to stay healthy. Book your appointment online or call today.