What Are immunizations?
Just like the name implies, immunizations are shots that work to build up a patient's immune system to ward off dangerous, infections diseases. Vaccinations are recommended for all patients, especially children. Every person will receive certain vaccinations, depending on their age, occupation, or participation requirements. At Lawrence Family Practice Center, we follow the most up-to-date immunization schedule recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Schedule an appointment at our Lawrence, KS family facility to plan your and your child's next vaccination.
"I am relatively new in town, and was looking for a good pediatrician for my infant son. Lawrence Family Practice Center was recommended to me by a friend. I’ve been twice now - once for a minor issue my son had, and once for my son’s well-baby visit and immunizations.I could not be happier with this place! The staff is incredibly helpful, the nurses are amazing, and the one doctor I’ve seen briefly was very nice and helpful. At my son’s well-baby appointment, I had a concern about an issue for myself, and the nurse examining my son took a look at it an immediately got the doctor to confirm that I needed to have it taken care of right away. Even though I wasn’t the one in for the appointment, they got me checked in quickly, going so far as holding my little boy while I filled out paperwork. I really, really loves my health care provider in California - Lawrence Family Practice Center is right up there with them, so I am extremely happy my friend recommended them!"- S.C. / Yelp / Jan 25, 2013
What Are the Benefits of Immunizations?
Vaccines and immunizations aren't just for kids; they're essential at every stage of life. Whether at school, in the workforce, or enjoying retirement, these shots are your shield against many preventable diseases. Here are some benefits of getting immunized at Lawrence Family Practice Center:
- Shielding yourself from diseases that can easily be prevented
- Helping protect those at higher risk by preventing the spread of contagious diseases
- Staying updated with vaccines to meet school enrollment requirements
- Enhancing your overall health and resilience
- Dodging hefty hospital bills by staying protected
Who is a Candidate for Common Immunizations?
Nearly anyone can benefit from immunization, but vaccines are particularly important for those in high-risk groups. These include children, adolescents, pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems due to a health condition. Vaccines are also highly recommended for those who travel to other countries, work in healthcare settings, or are around people with weakened immune systems. Our team members at Lawrence Family Practice Center can perform an assessment and make sure you stay up to date on your immunization schedule.
What Types of vaccines do you offer?
Booster shots and immunizations are given to patients throughout their lives beginning in infancy. Your doctor will know which shots are appropriate for children of different ages. Vaccinations we perform at Lawrence Family Practice Center include:
- Meningococcal protects against bacterial meningitis
- MMR protects against measles, mumps, and rubella
- Hib protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b
- Chickenpox (varicella)
- Pneumococcal protects against pneumonia, blood infections, and bacterial meningitis
- Hepatitis A
- DTaP protects against diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus
- Rotavirus protects against stomach flu
- Influenza protects against seasonal flu
- Hepatitis B
- Polio (IPV)
immunizations and Vaccines FAQ
When do children usually get their immunizations?
View the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) immunization chart here, which gives a full immunization schedule from birth to age 18.
Does getting an immunization shot hurt?
Not typically. Most people, even children, don’t find immunization shots painful. However, some patients may experience mild swelling or soreness at the site of the injection for 24 – 48 hours.
What are the standard five types of vaccines?
- Protein subunit
- Viral vector
Is the flu shot a live virus vaccine?
The flu shot is typically made with either inactivated viruses or with a protein from the virus. Nasal spray flu vaccines contain live-attenuated viruses.
How long does the COVID-19 vaccination last?
According to the CDC, it has not yet been determined how long COVID-19 vaccines provide protection. Recent studies have found that protection provided by the vaccines may decrease over time.
safeguard your health
Immunizations are essential when it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases and the complications that come with that. At Lawrence Family Practice Center, our team is here to protect your child from severe illness by offering effective vaccinations that will defend them throughout their lives. Contact our office in Lawrence, KS to learn more about the vaccinations we offer and our recommended vaccination schedule.
How Often do Adult Patients Need Immunizations?
Immunizations for adults can be trickier than vaccines for children. However, the team at our office in Lawrence, KS can help.Read
How Do Vaccinations Differ From Immunizations?
Vaccinations and immunizations are different terms that entail protection against various potentially dangerous illnesses in Lawrence, KS.Read