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Immunizations Specialist

Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D.

Family Medicine & OBGYNs located in Houston, TX

Immunization is an important component of primary care. It strengthens and fortifies your immune system, protecting you from harmful microorganisms like viruses and bacteria. At Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D., in Houston, Texas, the highly experienced team offers immunization for adults and children. To schedule an appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.

Immunizations

What is immunization?

Immunization is a preventive measure that “teaches” your body’s immune system to identify and destroy harmful invaders. You usually receive immunizations via an injection. 

Immunization exposes you to a safe version of a disease. Immunizations include one of the following ingredients:

  • A weakened pathogen
  • A dead pathogen
  • An inactivated form of a pathogen
  • A toxin made by a pathogen
  • A protein or sugar from a pathogen

Your body responds to immunization by building an adaptive immune response. This lowers your risk of serious illness or life-threatening complications.

Why is immunization important?

Immunization is important because it protects you from life-threatening illnesses. Before immunization, diseases like measles, mumps, and smallpox killed hundreds of thousands of people every year. Thanks to immunization, these and other diseases are much less common now.

Additionally, immunization protects your loved ones and the community. The more people that receive immunization, the easier it is to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of the population undergoes immunization, making it difficult for a pathogen to spread.

What are some common immunizations?

Immunization begins shortly after birth. All newborns receive a hepatitis B vaccine within 24 hours of being born. 

As you age, your doctor follows a routine immunization schedule. Some of the most common types of immunization include:

  • Rotavirus (RV)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTaP)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
  • Influenza
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A

The providers at Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D. also offer vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV), including Gardasil®. 

What type of immunizations do I need?

The type of immunizations you need depends on your age, occupation, and overall health history. Following a physical exam and a review of your medical history, your provider can develop a custom immunization schedule.

Is immunization safe?

Immunization is safe and usually well-tolerated. Before being released to the general public, vaccines undergo thorough testing through clinical trials regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Following immunization, it’s normal to experience bruising or mild irritation at the injection site. However, this should subside within a day or two.

Additionally, it’s important to remember that even though vaccines contain small amounts of viruses or bacteria, they won’t make you sick. It’s much safer to receive vaccines than it is to go without them.

Schedule an immunization appointment at Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D. today. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online.