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Family Medicine NYC, PC

Family Medicine & Travel Medicine located in Financial District, New York, NY

Vaccinations and immunizations can help prevent diseases that can be serious and even life-threatening. In the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City, Eva Galstian, MD, Virali Patel, PA, and the skilled medical professionals of Family Medicine NYC, PC provide quality vaccinations as part of your travel plans and your overall preventive care and wellness plan. Schedule your appointment online or call the office to make sure you’re up to date with your immunizations.

Immunizations Q&A

What are vaccines and immunizations?

Vaccines are injections that provide protection from infectious diseases. The process of being vaccinated and eventually becoming immune to a disease is known as immunization.

Vaccines are an important part of your preventive care. The team at Family Medicine NYC, PC can help you determine whether you are due for a shot.

Vaccines use dead or weakened versions of viruses or bacteria to prepare your body to fight an infection without exposing you to the symptoms of the disease. The purpose is to prompt your immune system to produce white blood cells known as lymphocytes and proteins called antibodies to fight the foreign invaders.

Why might I need certain vaccines?

Adult vaccines and immunizations are recommended based on certain factors, such as:

  • Prior vaccinations
  • Age
  • Health
  • Occupation
  • Travel destinations
  • Lifestyle

Certain immunizations might be recommended based on your sexual activity.

Which vaccines should adults get?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following adult immunizations:

  • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus
  • Haemophilus influenza B
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Influenza
  • Meningococcal
  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Chickenpox

Many of these immunizations can be administered collectively in groups.

Which vaccine is right for me?

To help the team identify which immunizations you need, you should inform them if:

  • You have a chronic illness or are severely ill
  • You’re breastfeeding or might be pregnant
  • You’re planning to move abroad
  • You work in certain occupations where you’re potentially exposed to toxic substances
  • You’ve had your spleen removed
  • You have any severe allergies or have recently had a blood transfusion
  • You have recently had other immunizations

You should also notify the team if you have a weakened immune system due to a medical condition or medication.

What are the benefits of immunizations?

Immunizations can lower your risk of contracting infectious diseases and protect you by assisting and improving your immune system.

Some immunizations, like getting the flu vaccine, are recommended for the majority of people. The flu can be life-threatening, especially for older adults and those living with certain chronic illnesses.

Immunizations are a great way to defend against infectious and deadly viruses and a safe option for most people. Dr. Galstian and the team at Family Medicine NYC, PC provides all adult immunizations and pediatric immunizations for travel.

If you’re due for immunizations and would like more information, call Family Medicine NYC, PC in New York City or schedule your personal consultation online.