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Immunizations Specialist

Irving Coppell Primary Care and Pediatrics

Family Practice Physicians located in Irving, TX

Preventing serious diseases like mumps, polio, and tetanus is far better than risking the consequences of infection. At Irving Coppell Primary Care Doctors in Irving, Texas, Vijayalakshmi Raghu, MD,  Enniah Ndawana, PA and the team provide a comprehensive range of immunizations to protect you and your family. To ensure you’re up to date with your immunizations, call the office today to schedule an appointment. You can also use the online scheduling page to book, any time of day or night from the comfort of home.

Immunizations Q&A

What are immunizations? 

Immunizations are an invaluable method of protecting your family’s health. Vaccines are used to prevent you and your family from getting serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases such as:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Meningitis
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Cervical cancer
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Pneumonia
  • Poliomyelitis (polio)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

How do immunizations work?

Immunizations use your body’s immune system to develop a natural defense against disease. Your immune system identifies infective agents like bacteria and viruses when they enter your body. In response, your immune system triggers antibody production in your white blood cells.

The antibodies attack the invading microorganisms and destroy them. Sometimes they have to battle it out first, which is when you experience symptoms of ill health, like a sore throat and runny nose when you have a cold.

However, if your immune system has previously produced the right antibodies to fight a specific infection, it can destroy the disease without you being aware of it. This is the science that immunizations use.

A vaccine delivers enough information about a disease to enable your immune system to create the right antibodies to protect you from illness. 

Are immunizations safe?

Immunizations are one of the safest ways of protecting your family from potentially devastating diseases. The substances in vaccines take several forms:

  • Dead organisms
  • Weakened live organisms
  • Inactive toxins from the organism
  • Genetic material like RNA (ribonucleic acid)

These substances pose no threat to your health and won’t give you the disease. They simply contain the data your immune system needs to develop the correct antibodies.

How do I know what immunizations my family needs?

Each year, leading medical organizations (the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians) approve a schedule of immunizations. Irving Coppell Primary Care Doctors uses this information to offer optimal protection to all your family members.

Most vaccinations are given in early childhood, and many provide lifelong protection. However, some illnesses such as the flu, will need annual boosters. If you’re not sure what immunizations you need, contact your provider for assistance.

Immunization offers a safe and effective way of avoiding the complications serious illness can cause. To make sure your family’s immunizations are up to date, call the Irving Coppell Primary Care Doctors office in Irving, Texas, today to schedule an appointment. You can also use the online scheduling page to book.