Immunizations are a critical component of both personal and public health. At A.L.M.S Community Health Center, residents of Grand Prairie, Texas, have access to the vaccines needed to thrive. If you or a loved one is in need of a vaccine or would like to have your immunization record reviewed, call the office to set up a visit today. Online scheduling is also available, and takes just moments to complete.

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What is immunization?

Immunization is the process of becoming resistant to infectious disease. Vaccines are the tools used to accomplish immunization. To understand how the process works, it helps to think about your body’s innate immune system.

When you’re exposed to a potentially harmful substance, or allergen, your body responds by creating antibodies to fight off that specific germ. Those antibodies remain in your system for the rest of your life, ready to spring into action if you’re ever exposed to that same allergen in the future.

Vaccines are formulated from dead or weakened germs. When injected into your body, they prompt the same immune response as the full version of the germ. Antibodies are produced and remain in your system. If you ever encounter the full-strength version of that germ, you’ll already have the tools your body needs to fight off infection.

This process works on its own even without vaccines. The problem is, some infectious diseases are so strong they can overwhelm your system before you have a chance to build up a natural immunity. This can lead to deadly consequences.

What vaccines do children need?

Your child begins the immunization process shortly after birth and continues to receive vaccines throughout childhood. Some of the recommended childhood vaccines include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTAP)
  • Influenza
  • Rotavirus
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Meningococcal B

Don’t let the sheer volume of vaccines intimidate you. Your practitioner will explain which vaccines your child needs and on what schedule. Vaccines are needed when your child prepares to enter school, play organized sports, or attend many camps.

Do adults need vaccines?

You receive most of the vaccines you need during childhood, but adults sometimes require vaccines as well. Some adults are missing critical vaccines from their immunization record or need to update them with a booster. Others want to protect against the flu or prevent HPV, a sexually transmitted disease.

In some cases, adults who plan to travel abroad might need additional vaccinations. Adults who care for babies or elderly family members might also want to be vaccinated.

Tuberculosis skin tests are also available at A.L.M.S Community Health Center, and help determine if you have an active or latent tuberculosis infection.

If you’re curious about whether you or your child is up to date on necessary vaccinations, call the office today to book a visit. Online booking is also available, and is fast and easy.