According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immunizations prevent millions of people from getting sick every year, as well as hundreds of thousands of deaths. At Dr. Bridget Bellingar DO & Associates, board-certified family physician Bridget Bellingar, DO, and her team take a preventive approach to care and offer vaccines to improve immunization. To review your immunizations or update your vaccines, call the North Seminole, Florida, office or request an appointment online today.
Immunization and vaccines are often used interchangeably. Though they both work hand-in-hand in helping to achieve the same goal, immunizations and vaccines have different meanings.
An immunization refers to a process in which your body has developed its own system for fighting off an illness.
Vaccines are a medical tool used to initiate immunization. Vaccines are injections that contain small amounts of a dead or inactive germ. When injected into your body, your immune system recognizes it as a foreign agent that needs to be destroyed and develops antibodies to kill the germ. Vaccines initiate this essential immune response without you actually getting sick.
If you do come in contact with the germ at another point in time, your body’s immune system recalls the antibody it developed to protect you and uses it to prevent illness or minimize symptoms.
The team at Dr. Bridget Bellingar DO & Associates determines the types of vaccines you need to stay protected and prevent the onset of an infectious disease. Vaccines are usually provided based on age, occupation, and travel plans.
Because children have an immature immune system, they’re more susceptible to contracting an illness. Vaccines for children are initiated soon after birth and continue through childhood and into adolescence. Additional booster shots throughout adulthood are needed to maintain immunity.
Influenza is a serious viral infection. Because the virus that causes the illness changes from year to year, the team at Dr. Bridget Bellingar DO & Associates recommends you get a flu shot annually. The team determines if you would benefit from an annual flu shot based on your age and medical needs.
Pneumonia is a serious infection that develops in the lungs and can cause mild to severe symptoms. Certain groups of people are at greater risk of developing pneumonia, including:
The pneumonia vaccine may provide the protection you need so you don’t get sick, especially for those at greatest risk.
To update your vaccinations, contact Dr. Bridget Bellingar DO & Associates by calling the office or using the online booking tool to schedule an appointment