Immunizations Specialist

Dr. Al Family and Urgent Care

Family Care & Medical Spa located in Woodbridge, VA

The purpose of immunizations is to keep you healthy and to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. At Dr. Al Family and Urgent Care in Woodbridge, Virginia, you and every member of your family can receive all types of necessary immunizations. If you need immunizations for work, school, immigration, travel abroad, or vaccines just to get you caught up, contact the clinic today. You can conveniently schedule an immunization appointment online or over the phone.

Immunizations Q & A

Why should I get immunized?

It’s better for your health to try to prevent a disease or illness, rather than treat it. This is particularly true if you’re vulnerable to serious infection due to a weakened immune system. 

The goal of immunizations is to prevent illnesses and diseases that can become serious and even life threatening. Though everyone should get immunized, it’s particularly important if you are:

  • A young child with an immune system that isn’t strong yet
  • Pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • Older, such as over the age of 65

It’s also important to get updated vaccinations if you’re getting ready to travel abroad; certain countries may have specific recommendations for immunizations. 

Which types of immunizations do I need?

Dr. Al Family and Urgent Care provides immunizations for babies and children, all the way up through geriatric adults. In general, children and teens need the following types of vaccinations:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal 
  • Rotavirus 
  • Poliovirus 

Many of your childhood vaccines protect you for life, although as an adult, you typically need DTaP boosters once every 10 years. It’s important for older adults to have shingles and pneumococcal vaccines as well. 

Additionally, the caring providers at Dr. Al Family and Urgent Care recommend that all children, adults, and seniors come to the clinic every fall for seasonal flu shots. The flu shot continues to be the leading way to lower your risk of the flu and its severity if you do become ill. 

Are there any side effects of immunizations?

Modern immunizations are safe and highly effective. Your practitioner at Dr. Al Family and Urgent Care is happy to answer all of your questions and talk with you about any concerns you may have.

Some immunizations lead to minor soreness or swelling around the injection site. Occasionally, certain vaccines cause mild flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, muscle aches, and low-grade fever. These minor issues all generally resolve by the following day.

Click on the online scheduling tool to book your immunization appointment at Dr. Al Family and Urgent Care today. You can also call to schedule by phone.