Preventative and Immunizations
Family Medical Center offers preventative medicine and comprehensive immunization services for ages 5 and older. We are able to offer the following vaccines for our patients:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (called the Tdap vaccine)
- Hepatitis A and B
- Human Papilloma Virus (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. But, because new vaccines are constantly being developed (the HPV vaccine was only approved in 2006), there’s a chance teens may have missed getting at least one of these. The good news is that, in most cases, you can still get a shot if you’ve missed it.
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 and Orange County Department of Health, or 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 (the inability to have children).
People sometimes mistakenly think that vaccinations are only for kids or that they are for diseases that only kids get. But many of the diseases that we are vaccinated against when we’re kids — like Hepatitis B or Tetanus — actually affect more adults than kids. 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 because 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 throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils (oropharynx). And, another great reason to stay current on your shots is because scientists are constantly 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. It’s rare to have any kind of bad reaction to a vaccine. 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 shot itself only lasts for a second, but you’ll be protected for a long, long time after that!