Immunizations

DeArk Medical Center PLLC

Internal and Preventive Medicine Clinic located in Charlotte, NC

Staying up-to-date with your immunizations can safeguard you from serious illnesses. Charlotte, North Carolina’s leading internist Dr. Iyamu, MD, PhD of DeArk Medical Center, can get you caught up on the latest immunizations you may need. Schedule an immunization evaluation either online, or over the phone, if you haven’t updated your immunizations in a while, or are getting ready to travel.

Immunizations Q & A

How do immunizations work?

Immunizations and vaccinations work by protecting you from severe infections and illnesses. The injection often functions by introducing a weakened form of the bug into your body, so your system builds immunity to it over time.

Because your body honestly thinks that an attack is occurring, it responds by producing antibodies that target that specific foreign invader. Then, the next time you’re exposed to the bacteria or virus, your system can fight it off.

Why do I need immunizations?

You probably got several types of immunizations and vaccines when you were a child, but might not think about it much as an adult. It’s just as essential to protect yourself nowadays as it was when you were younger.

You might need immunizations to protect your health if you:

  • Work with an at-risk population, like in a hospital
  • Are a senior or are pregnant
  • Are planning to travel to another country
  • Have a chronic health condition
  • Have a weakened immune system

Even if you’re not at risk of developing a chronic condition, you can serve as a carrier and spread the illness to someone else who can’t fight it off. This condition is why it’s so important for all adults to get necessary immunizations.

Because Dr. Iyamu has an extensive background in researching new and innovative immunizations, he only gives you the ones you need. He can also help you get caught up on your immunizations if you haven’t had them in a while.

Which immunizations do I need?

While there are several types of immunizations that every adult should have, there are other kinds that are best for certain populations. All adults should have the following injections:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Seasonal flu vaccine

Young men and women should also consider getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to help prevent the spread of viral infections that can cause cervical cancer. If you’re over age 50, Dr. Iyamu could also suggest getting a zoster vaccine to minimize your chances of developing shingles.

Book your visit to DeArk Medical Center to see which immunizations you may need. Schedule your appointment through the online booking system, or by calling the clinic.

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