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Vaccines were developed to help the body's natural immune system ward off dangerous diseases like polio and measles. While the immune system is able to fight off some diseases, other diseases may be too strong for the body's natural defense system to handle; some diseases like measles or mumps may also be associated with severe complications. In these cases, vaccines have been developed to help provide the extra assistance needed to keep the diseases at bay.
Today's vaccines are extremely effective; in fact, thanks to a robust program of vaccinations for smallpox, the disease has been completely eradicated from the U.S., and regular vaccines are no longer mandatory.
Yes, you'll still need some types of vaccinations as an adult. For instance, tetanus vaccinations only last a few years; then they need to be renewed in order for them to remain effective. Plus, because new and more effective vaccines are developed on a regular basis, there may be some vaccines which you did not receive as a child, but which you should have now. And of course, you may also need to have vaccinations to satisfy requirements from your employer or school or to keep you healthy during overseas travel.
No, but you may experience some slight achiness for a day or two afterward as your body creates antibodies that will help it fight off the disease in the future.
Dr. Leitner will review your health records and discuss your current health risks during your office visit. Based on that information, he'll be able to determine which vaccinations you need for optimal health.
We accept most PPO insurance plans in addition to Medicare, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, CIGNA, Aetna. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.