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Immunizations Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

Immunizations protect children and adults from a wide variety of serious illnesses and their complications, which can include amputation of a limb, hearing loss, and brain damage. The experienced providers ast MM Jersey City Breathing Center suggest following an immunization schedule to keep yourself and loved ones safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. To learn more or to receive an immunization schedule, call one of the three locations in Jersey City, New Jersey, to make an appointment today.

Immunizations Q & A

What are immunizations?

Immunization is a controlled process in which you are made to become immune to an infectious disease. 

Your doctor injects you with a small and weakened version of the disease that you are trying to immunize yourself against. Introducing the weakened disease triggers your body’s immune system to develop antibodies to fight off the disease. 

After your immune system has encountered the disease, it stores a record of the antibodies it needs so that if you become infected again, your body knows immediately how to respond and protect itself.

Why do I still need immunizations?

The widespread use of immunizations in the majority of the population is the main reason for the declining rates of dangerous diseases like measles. Given their success over the years, medical professionals across the world advocate for the use of vaccinations to avoid future outbreaks.

Despite the fact that the level of many dangerous diseases, like measles, have gone down in countries like America, they still exist in other populations. Better nutrition, hygiene, and overall living conditions can help lessen the frequency of certain diseases, but they can’t completely eradicate them. 

Without getting vaccinated, you’re at risk of getting an infection when you travel or come into contact with someone who has been to these places. The only proven method of fighting these diseases, especially for children with immune systems that are still developing, is through immunizations.

What diseases can immunizations protect against?

Each vaccine protects you against a different disease. Some of the diseases that immunizations are effective in preventing are:

  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Diphtheria
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human papillomavirus virus (HPV)
  • Measles 
  • Meningitis
  • Mumps
  • Polio
  • Rubella
  • Smallpox
  • Tetanus

Many of these diseases are spread through coughing, sneezing, and breathing the same air as an infected person. Others, like polio, tetanus, and hepatitis A and B, are spread through bodily fluids, meaning you can contract them by sharing utensils with an infected person. 

The only way to protect yourself is with immunizations and the team at MM Jersey City Breathing Center can help you understand which ones are right for you.

Are immunizations safe?

Yes, immunizations are safe for both you and your children. 

The United States’ Food and Drug Administration studies how safe and effective each vaccine that comes to the market is. They also oversee the factories in which these vaccines are produced, to ensure companies adhere to strict manufacturing guidelines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the second organization that enforces regulations for vaccines and they conduct their own independent research into the safety and efficacy of vaccines before they reach the public.

If you have questions about the safety of vaccines or need an immunization schedule, call the office to make an appointment at MM Jersey City Breathing Center today.