Vaccination and immunization is an important part of preventive health care that keeps you and the community safe from devastating diseases. At Bella Terra Primary Care in Huntington Beach, California, Nishu Karki, MD, offers important vaccines to adults 18 and older, so they stay healthy as they age. Call today to review your vaccination and immunization needs and schedule important updates. Alternatively, use the online tool to book an appointment.
Vaccination is the process of introducing a vaccine to your body while immunization is the process in which your body responds to protect you from disease.
Vaccines are important to the prevention and control of infectious disease outbreaks. Each vaccine contains a weakened or dead version of a certain contagion. A vaccine doesn’t contain enough of the contagion to make you sick, but enough to prompt your immune system to develop resistance to the contagion should you encounter it in the future.
Vaccines help protect you from serious diseases, so you can stay healthy as you age. This is important because as you get older, your immune system weakens.
Vaccination and the resulting immunization is a safe and effective way to develop immunity to devastating diseases. When people get vaccinated, they also help slow the community spread of disease.
Getting vaccinated is easy and is usually covered by insurance. So vaccines are not only an important health care intervention, but are cost-effective, too.
You and everyone in the community should focus on being up to date on vaccines.
Vaccines help protect you from serious infectious diseases throughout your life — from infancy to early adulthood and into your senior years. Major health organizations put out recommended vaccine schedules to help you know when to get various vaccines for the best effect.
You’re probably aware that early childhood vaccines are one of the best ways to protect the young from serious disease. Teens also benefit from specific vaccines that boost their immunity and protect them from infections that can cause meningitis or human papillomavirus (HPV).
As an adult, you also benefit from staying up to date on vaccines. Each year, thousands of adults in the United States get sick and are hospitalized from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Some vaccinations are only offered to adults who are vulnerable to certain diseases, like shingles. Because protection from certain childhood vaccines wears off over time, so you need booster shots of certain vaccines to remain protected.
You may not have gotten some of the newer vaccines that are now available, and some viruses, like the influenza viruses that cause the flu, can change over time.
Your risk of developing some diseases may also change as an adult due to your job, health conditions, or travel plans.
Schedule an appointment at Bella Terra Primary Care to make sure your vaccines are updated. Call the office or click on the online booking tool to get started.
Located in Huntington Beach, our practice focuses on the well-being of our patients. Our knowledgeable, personable staff and comfortable, modern office are supported with the best leading-edge technology available. For those looking for a more personal touch, Dr. Karki offers extended visits, telehealth appointments, and additional focus and coaching to help achieve your wellness and prevention goals.
Contact us at (714) 248-9068 to find out more about the healthcare services available at Bella Terra and to make an appointment at our internal medicine Huntington Beach location:
Bella Terra Primary Care
7677 Center Ave. Suite 208
Huntington Beach, CA 92647