Immunizations are important for people of all ages for protection against common conditions that can be serious, including the flu, shingles, and the measles. At Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center, Carleo Capili, MD, and Regina Capili, MD, provide all the vaccines necessary to keep your family healthy. To get up to date on your immunizations, make an appointment by calling the office in Grapevine, Texas, or scheduling online.
Immunizations Q & A
What immunizations are important?
Immunizations protect infants, children, adolescents, and adults from harmful diseases that can be quite serious. If you don’t get protection, these diseases can lead to hospitalization, permanent disability, or sometimes even death.
Protection from some childhood vaccinations wears off over time. Adults need certain boosters or new vaccines because of their age, job, or travel.
What are some important immunizations?
Immunizations are safe. They prevent major diseases, including measles, mumps, and whooping cough. Children who aren’t vaccinated can spread disease to other people who have weakened immune systems or who are too young to receive a vaccine yet. This can lead to complex outbreaks and serious consequences for the population.
The doctors at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center can help you understand which immunizations benefit your child at each stage of life and keep you up to date.
What is the shingles vaccine?
Shingles is caused by the same virus that’s responsible for chickenpox. Shingles develops as a painful rash in the form of welts and blisters that wrap around the sides of your torso. People older than 50 are most vulnerable to shingles as are those with compromised immunity due to HIV or cancer.
Shingles is not life-threatening, but is extremely painful. Two options for the shingles vaccine are Zostavax® and Shingrix®. These vaccines protect you for five years or longer and are given 2-6 months apart. For adults who’ve never had chickenpox, the varicella vaccine may be recommended to protect them against both chickenpox and shingles.
What is the pneumococcal vaccine?
Pneumonia is a severe infection of the lungs that puts thousands of people in the hospital each year. The immunizations PCV13 and PPSV23 can protect you against pneumonia. Older adults are at particular risk of complications from pneumonia and should receive these vaccines.
The doctors at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center recommend adults 65 and older get PCV13 first and a dose of PPSV23 no later than one year later, as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why is it important to get a flu shot?
The flu causes sheer misery and can lead to serious complications requiring hospitalization and sometimes resulting in death in vulnerable populations. The flu vaccine reduces your risk of contracting the disease. It also lessens the severity of symptoms should you be unlucky enough to contract a strain not included in the vaccine.
Researchers reformulate the flu vaccine every year because the strains change quite quickly. A seasonal vaccine protects you against the most likely common strains for that season, but it doesn’t protect you for future flu seasons. The flu vaccine is available as a shot or as a nasal spray. Both are effective for children and adults.
To protect yourself from major diseases and stay updated on your immunizations, call the office or schedule an appointment online.