Vaccines serve one essential goal: to protect you, your family, and friends from catching a contagious disease such as the measles or flu. When vaccinations are injected, your body produces antibodies against a disease or infection. Then the antibodies give you immunity by protecting you from the illness.
It’s important to get immunized because many contagious diseases can cause serious complications. For example, one out of 20 children who catch measles develop pneumonia and 1-2 out of every 1,000 children die. Adults who get measles can develop life-threatening pneumonia, brain inflammation, and middle-ear infections, and the risk of death is higher for adults than children.
The recommended immunizations for children begin at birth and follow a specific schedule through the age of 18 years. Children should receive immunization to protect them from:
Many adults think that only children need regular immunizations, but that’s not the case. Adults often need vaccinations for the following reasons:
Dr. Boulware reviews your immunization history and lets you know which ones are recommended based on your age and overall health. Adults may need immunizations to protect against:
If you plan to travel outside the United States you need to get specific vaccinations, but the shots you need depends on which countries you plan to visit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continuously revise their recommendations for travel vaccinations, so contact Dr. Boulware for an appointment to learn which ones you need.
At Boulware Medical Clinic, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here. We do not accept insurance for cosmetic procedures at Beautification by Boulware