Vaccines

Bethel Medical Associates LLC

Internists & Pediatricians located in Rockland County, New City, NY

Vaccinations are the best tool we have to prevent the spread of infectious disease. Dr. Stanley John helps adults and children get caught up with their vaccines at Bethel Medical Associates. If you’re looking for physicians who offer immunizations in the New City, New York area, call Dr. John or use the online booking option today.

Vaccines Q & A

Bethel Medical Associates LLC

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines contain traces of a virus or infection, in either a weakened or deactivated form, prompting the body to produce antibodies against them. These antibodies provide future immunity against the same virus or infection if it attacks the body again.

While some vaccines work in a single dose, others require boosters. The vaccine for meningitis isn’t as effective in one dose and requires multiple doses for the body to create complete immunity.

Other vaccines, such as DTaP for tetanus, wear off after a certain amount of time, requiring boosters. Also, some viruses, such as the flu virus, are in a constant state of evolution. Therefore, Dr. John recommends a yearly vaccination for the flu.

Which vaccines do you recommend?

Children

Dr. John follows a vaccination schedule and encourages the following vaccinations for most healthy children:

  • Var for chickenpox
  • DTaP for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
  • Tdap for pertussis booster
  • Hib for haemophilus influenzae type b
  • HepA and HepB for hepatitis A and B
  • Flu shot
  • MMR for measles, mumps, and rubella
  • MenACWY/MenB for meningitis
  • PCV for pneumonia
  • IPV for polio
  • RV for rotavirus
  • HPV for human papillomavirus

Adults

Most adults should have had all the above vaccinations as a child. If you haven’t, you can discuss your options with Dr. John. Otherwise, adults should receive a tetanus booster every 10 years and a flu shot once every year.

Why are vaccines important?

Contracting a disease like polio can lead to severe complications, such as paralysis, brain injury, or even death. Vaccines protect you and your children against these potentially life-threatening diseases. In fact, vaccines have eliminated vaccine-preventable diseases by about 95%.

Even though many diseases have disappeared in the US because of vaccines, outbreaks occasionally occur, and you can contract these diseases by traveling to other countries. The germs and viruses that cause these diseases still exist, but vaccines help keep them from spreading.

Children, especially babies, have more vulnerable immune systems than adults, and vaccines enhance their protection. Vaccinated communities also help protect those who can’t receive vaccinations because of medical conditions.

If you need to get caught up on your vaccination schedule, book an appointment with Dr. John over the phone or by using the online scheduler.