Fulshear Family Medicine
Family Medicine & Pediatrics serving Fulshear and Katy, TX
To protect you and your child from long-term health complications common with many contagious diseases, the Fulshear Family Medicine staff offers necessary vaccinations at their Fulshear office, also convenient to Katy Texas. The team creates an immunization schedule based on your age and overall health needs. To discuss your child’s vaccination schedule or update your own immunizations, schedule a consultation at Fulshear Family Medicine today, online or by phone.
Vaccinations Q & A
Why does my child need vaccinations?
Vaccinations are a part of preventive health care that protects your child from contagious diseases by building up immunity against them. Kids need several childhood immunizations, starting soon after birth, when their immune system is still fragile.
As you get older, you still need to stay updated on immunizations to continue your protection from contagious diseases like:
- Whooping cough
The Fulshear Family Medicine team also offers seasonal vaccinations against various strains of the flu virus for both adults and children.
You may also need certain vaccinations if you plan to travel outside of the United States to protect against diseases common in other countries, such as tuberculosis and smallpox.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines work by introducing your body to certain diseases to build your immunity against them. The injections of weakened or dead germs won’t give you the disease but help your body recognize them to increase your ability to fight off infection.
Before a vaccine becomes available, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) thoroughly tests it for safety and effectiveness. Vaccinations not only protect you but also your community from the potential long-term health complications caused by a contagious disease.
Not being properly vaccinated increases your risk for developing diseases that can interfere with both your short-term and long-term health. In some cases, these diseases can become a life-threatening situation, especially for babies and those with already weakened immune systems.
What happens if I can’t receive a vaccine?
Some people with existing allergies to certain substances can’t tolerate a vaccination. The Fulshear Family Medicine staff can determine if immunizations aren’t an option for you by reviewing your personal and family medical history and your existing health.
If you or your child has allergies or intolerances to certain substances, your Fulshear Family Medicine provider works closely with you on a plan to protect you from diseases when you can’t be vaccinated.
If you have questions or concerns about the safety of vaccinations, be sure to discuss them with your Fulshear Family Medicine physician.
To schedule vaccination for you or your kids, call Fulshear Family Medicine today or request a consultation online.
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