Physicians Medical Primary Care

Primary Care located in San Jose, CA

Your immune system can learn about and attack certain invaders before they make you sick. With immunizations, available from our family physicians at Physicians Medical Primary Care in San Jose, California, you can teach your immune system to recognize diseases and stop them from affecting you. To find out which immunizations you or your child need and when to get them, call Physicians Medical Primary Care for an appointment or request one online today.

Immunizations Q & A

What are immunizations?

An immunization is a type of injection or drug that prevents you from getting a certain infectious disease or minimizes your chances of getting it. Immunizations, also called vaccines, help your immune system recognize and prepare for an infection or disease. After first encountering the disease in the form of an immunization, your body is better able to fight it off when an actual infection happens. 

This process is possible because immunization shots contain inactive forms of the diseases that they prevent or certain proteins from the pathogens. When many people in a population get immunizations against a disease, the disease may eventually stop spreading entirely. This phenomenon is called herd immunity.

Are immunizations safe?

There has been some debate as to whether or not immunizations are safe and whether or not they cause other health complications. Experts consider immunizations to be safe and have many more positive effects than drawbacks.

immunizationsSide effects caused by immunizations are extremely rare. However, if you do get any, they’re typically very mild and short-lived. The disease that the immunization protects you against is much more severe and dangerous than any possible side effects from the vaccine itself.

Physicians Medical Primary Care can answer all of your questions and address any concerns you have about immunizations for yourself or your child.

Which immunizations should I get?

Experts in modern medicine have developed immunizations against many diseases that once threatened large portions of the population. Physicians Medical Primary Care provides many of them. Your doctor can help you figure out when to get each vaccination for yourself or your child, and if your employment or schooling requires any of them.

Immunizations are available for:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Pneumonia
  • Varicella
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis B

You might also need certain immunizations before traveling out of the country. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your travel plans so you can get the vaccines you need before the date of your trip. 

To find out more about immunizations and why they’re important, call Physicians Medical Primary Care for an appointment or request your visit online today.