MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine

Family Medicine & Mental Health located in Colleyville, TX

Before the introduction of immunizations, thousands of US children and adults died from vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio and rubella. The providers at MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine in Colleyville, Texas, recommend and offer routine vaccines to keep your family protected. If you need to update your vaccinations, call or click to set up an appointment.

Immunizations Q & A

How do immunizations work?

Vaccines carry weakened or inactivated germs from the conditions they protect against. Once the virus or bacteria enters your body, your immune system produces antibodies to fight the illness without causing you to contract the full-blown sickness.

The body “remembers” these invaders, and should it ever come into contact with the illness again, the immune system is equipped to produce the correct antibodies to fight against it. Immunizations essentially train the body to fight germs without having to experience the full effects of the illness.

Vaccines help prevent the spread of contagious diseases and the dangerous complications from contracting preventable illnesses. Immunizations also help protect vulnerable populations who can’t get vaccinated from ever coming into contact with dangerous germs, such as newborns and those who are immunocompromised.

What immunizations are recommended?

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends most children receive the following vaccinations and boosters at the appropriate times:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Inactivated poliovirus
  • Flu
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella
  • Meningococcal
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Most healthy adults should receive the following vaccinations:

  • Flu: Once a year
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap): Once every 10 years
  • Zoster (for shingles): 1-2 doses after age 50
  • HPV: 2-3 doses in early adulthood
  • Pneumococcal: 1 dose after age 65

Your provider may recommend other vaccinations for adults with additional risk factors. If you’re traveling abroad, your doctor may also suggest additional immunizations.

How can I prepare for immunizations?

You don’t need to make any preparations for your shots. However, a few tips can help make the process as easy as possible:

  • Bring your immunization records if your doctor doesn’t have them
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing or short sleeves for easy access
  • Let your doctor know about any allergies, recent illnesses, and international travel plans
  • Expect some common side effects like soreness or a low-grade fever
  • Ask your doctor for recommendations to address these side effects
  • Bring comfort items for children who are getting vaccinated

Feel free to contact MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine if you have any other questions about immunizations or need to update them.