Immunizations prevent an estimated 2-3 million deaths every year by controlling the spread of life-threatening, contagious diseases. Board-certified OB/GYN Stanley Niznikiewicz, MD, FACOG, provides immunizations for adult men and women at his private practice locations in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn and Harrison, New York. To learn more about immunizations, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Immunization refers to the process by which you become immune, or resistant, to an infectious disease. Sometimes, you develop immunity to a disease after having it. This is why you only get chickenpox one time.
Vaccines are another method of immunization. This method provides immunity without making you sick. Dr. Niznikiewicz provides several vaccines for adults, including:
There are more than 200 strains of HPV, some of which may cause precancerous changes that can develop into cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine protects you from some of the most dangerous strains of this common virus.
Most people get one or two doses of MMR vaccine during infancy and early childhood. Adults who don’t have proof of an MMR vaccine or who plan to travel internationally should be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella.
Unlike the other vaccines mentioned, you need a flu shot every year to protect yourself from the seasonal flu. This is because the flu virus changes (mutates) frequently, so the vaccine you received last year may not be effective for this season’s flu. Anyone can get a flu shot, but this vaccine is especially important for certain high-risk groups, including pregnant women.
Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective ways to prevent disease. When Dr. Niznikiewicz delivers a vaccine, he injects you with a weakened or inactive form of the disease microbe (antigen).
Your immune system responds to the vaccine the same way it would to the actual disease. It triggers the development of antibodies that attack that specific antigen if it ever enters your system again.
Dr. Niznikiewicz can tell you if you’re due for a vaccine by reviewing your immunization record. He may do this as part of your well-woman exam or early pregnancy care. He may recommend certain vaccines depending on risk factors such as:
To find out which vaccines are right for you, call the office of Stanley Niznikiewicz, MD, FACOG, or book an appointment online today.