Vaccinations protect you, your loved ones, and the community from potentially serious, transmissible diseases. At StatMD, urgent care and family medicine specialist Ravinderjit Singh, MD, offers vaccinations to people of all ages, including the annual flu shot. To make an appointment at the office in Bakersfield, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Vaccinations are injectable shots or nasal sprays that train your immune system to identify and destroy potentially harmful pathogens like viruses and bacteria. When a vaccination enters your body, it encourages the production of antibodies, proteins that neutralize an infection.
Vaccinations play a crucial role in preventive care. They aren’t always 100% effective, but they significantly reduce the risk of severe complications and premature death.
Vaccinations work by teaching your immune system to recognize new diseases. To do this, they expose you to a safe version of the disease in the form of a:
Your body responds to the vaccination by building an adaptive immune response. An adaptive immune response prepares your body to fight off the infection in the event of exposure.
StatMD offers a variety of vaccinations to individuals of all ages, including:
StatMD also offers the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and the meningococcal vaccine.
The type of vaccinations that will most benefit you depends on your age, medical history, and current health. Following a physical exam, your StatMD provider can make recommendations that align with your needs.
Vaccinations are safe and typically well-tolerated. Before they’re released to the general public, vaccines undergo significant testing and review by regulatory bodies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Following a vaccine, you might experience mild side effects, including:
Even so, these symptoms only last for a day or two and resolve on their own.
If you feel unwell following vaccination, rest, drink plenty of water, and take over-the-counter pain medication, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, if necessary.
To learn more about the benefits of vaccinations, make an appointment at StatMD by calling the office to speak with a caring staff member or by clicking the online booking tool today.