Immunizations

Family Practice of Madison

Family Medicine & General Family Practice located in Madison, AL

Immunizations are an important part of keeping your body functioning and disease-free. At Family Practice of Madison, Judy Rawls, MD, and her team administer a number of essential immunizations to patients of all ages. To find out how immunizations can help secure your health, book an appointment at this Madison, Alabama, practice by phone today.

Immunizations

What are immunizations?

Immunizations, or vaccines, are a safe and effective way to protect yourself against infectious diseases. Essentially, immunizations are micro-doses of a weakened virus or bacteria that stimulates your body’s natural immune response and allows you to develop an immunity to that particular illness.

Immunizations prevent you from falling victim to common illnesses by preparing your immune system beforehand. Immunizations are especially important for infants and children as younger children don’t have a strong enough immune system to ward off hazardous illnesses.

Are immunizations only for children?

Although immunizations are incredibly important to children’s health, they aren’t the only ones who can reap the benefits of a fortified immune system. In fact, the seasonal flu vaccine (flu shot) is the most common type of immunization that adults receive.

In addition to protecting you from the flu, immunizations play an important role in protecting you from other diseases as well. Adults 19-26 can benefit from Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and HPV immunizations. Adults over 50 can benefit from being immunized against shingles and pneumococcal disease.

What diseases can immunizations prevent?

Immunizations have been a part of preventive medicine for a long time, and many immunizations for many different infectious diseases exist. Although you don’t have to get immunized against everything, there are a number of common immunizations that most people receive throughout their lifetime. Some of the illnesses that immunizations can prevent include:

  • Chickenpox
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Polio
  • Whooping cough
  • Hepatitis B

Although many of these illnesses aren't as common as they once were, it’s for good reason. Some of the most common immunizations were developed for very serious illnesses to prevent them from resurfacing and spreading. Immunizations are an important step in preventive health care for both children and adults.

Immunizations are also an important part of international travel. Depending on your destination, certain immunizations may be recommended or even required to protect you from diseases your body isn’t used to encountering. Some of these illnesses include:

  • Yellow fever
  • Typhoid
  • Malaria

To discuss which immunizations are right for you and your family, book an appointment at Family Practice of Madison by phone today.