Before vaccines were available, many suffered from the effects of catching serious life-altering and life-threatening diseases such as influenza, measles, mumps, hepatitis B and C, and others.  Some of the effects included becoming paralyzed, having brain damage, and even death from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Since vaccines became available 50 years ago, they have become one of the most effective ways to prevent serious diseases.  While people today have a very low risk of getting these diseases, however, without vaccinations, you’re still at risk.

Here are a few questions you may have about vaccinations and why they are important for you to receive.

How do vaccines work?

Ever notice when you’re sick, your body seems to be in overdrive, trying to get back to normal?  That is your immune system working to fight against illness and infection.

When an organism is foreign to the body, the immune system detects it and responds by creating proteins called antibodies.  Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies. Once your body knows how to destroy the foreign organism, you’re now protected when exposed.  

Are there any side effects of getting vaccinated?

Most vaccines are safe and cause few, if any, serious side effects.

If you happen to develop unusual reactions such as rashes involving much of the body surface, difficulty breathing, high fevers, seizures, or loss of consciousness within a short time after being vaccinated, you should be seen by a healthcare provider.

Are vaccinations safe?

While many are skeptics of vaccines, vaccines have proven to be a safe and effective way of preventing diseases.  Throughout the years, vaccines have shown to prevent life-threatening diseases and infections for millions of people, every day.

What diseases do vaccinations protect me from?

Some common diseases vaccinations can protect you from include:

  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • Measles/mumps/rubella
  • Polio Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP)
  • Chickenpox
  • Pneumococcal

Where can I get these vaccinations?

At AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield, we provide these vaccinations and more at our urgent care center.  Since we always accept walk-ins, you never need an appointment to be seen. Simply walk into our urgent care center any day during the week and you’ll be seen by one of our experienced and friendly physicians.

For more information about the services we provide, please call us at 908-222-3500.