Immunizations keep children, teens, adults, and seniors safe from some of the most dangerous illnesses. Pennsylvania requires that all non-exempt children have routine immunizations to attend school, international travel requires certain vaccinations, and others keep you safe from illness and disease in your daily life. Dan G. Alexander M.D. is a board-certified internal medicine physician in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, with more than 25 years of experience providing safe, effective immunizations. For immunizations, call the office today, or make an appointment online.
Immunizations, also known as vaccinations, help the body develop antibodies that fight contagious diseases. They protect against dangerous illnesses; they also help protect vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
Vaccines are made from weakened or killed strains of an infectious virus or bacteria, which trigger the same immune response as the live strains, without actually making you sick. When your body has already produced these specific antibodies, it’s prepared to respond if you do contract the disease.
While no vaccine is 100% effective for every patient, there is extensive evidence that immunizations prevent or lessen the severity of many serious illnesses. They also curb the spread of disease, prevent epidemics, and, in many cases, have entirely eradicated dangerous illnesses within certain populations.
Dr. Alexander advises that men and women who missed any of the immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in childhood, like measles, be vaccinated as adults. He also recommends that adults and teens have the following.
There are additional CDC guidelines based on age and health history, and for those who are traveling to certain countries.
Dr. Alexander also offers the pyridostigmine bromide (PB) vaccine for active-duty military personnel who are preparing for deployment.
When you travel to a foreign country, you may be exposed to diseases you’re not likely to encounter in the US such as yellow fever or polio. Whether you need immunizations to travel depends on your destination. Some countries require vaccination, while others recommend certain vaccines. Speak with Dr. Alexander regarding travel vaccinations and whether you need them for an upcoming trip.
Modern vaccines have been approved for safety by the FDA. Some vaccines may cause mild side effects, such as low-grade fever or pain at the injection site; these symptoms usually go away within a day or two. More severe reactions are possible but extremely rare, and highly treatable.
Most physicians and researchers agree that benefits to you, your child, and the greater public far outweigh the minimal risks associated with immunizations.
To schedule an appointment for immunizations, call Dan G. Alexander M.D. or book online.