Vaccines Specialist

Mayfair Family Care -  - Primary Care Practice

Mayfair Family Care

Primary Care Practice in a Private Medical Group located in Chicago, IL

Vaccines protect you from getting sick and prevent the serious and often life-threatening complications caused by contagious diseases such as bacterial pneumonia. The experienced doctors at Mayfair Family Care in Chicago recommend which vaccines you might need based on your age and overall health. They also provide yearly flu vaccines and travel vaccinations customized for your destination. To boost your health from vaccines, call the Lincoln Square office or schedule an appointment online today.

Vaccines Q & A

Why do adults need vaccines? 

Even if you got all your childhood vaccinations, you may need a booster because some can wear off. You may also need another vaccine if the formula has improved or new vaccines have been developed since your earlier shots.  

Adults need vaccines to prevent problems such as:

  • Influenza
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Meningitis
  • Shingles
  • Pneumonia

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protects you from cervical cancer, genital warts, and HPV-caused cancers of the anus, vulva, penis, and throat.

How often should I get a flu vaccine?

Each new flu season comes along with different types and strains of viruses, so every year, a new formula is developed to target the fresh batch of flu viruses. As a result, you need to get a flu vaccine every year.

While everyone should get an influenza vaccine every year, it’s especially important for older adults, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

When you protect yourself with a flu vaccine, you prevent the serious complications that can arise from influenza such as myocarditis, encephalitis, and myositis, or inflammation of your heart, brain, and muscles.

When should I get travel vaccinations?

Many contagious diseases that have disappeared in the US thanks to vaccines are still prevalent in foreign countries. Some contagious diseases are only found in other countries or regions of the world. You need to get vaccines to protect yourself from the diseases found at your destination. Your Mayfair Family Care doctor has the latest information about disease threats and the vaccinations required for each place you plan to visit.

Here’s the most important thing to know about travel vaccinations: Schedule your travel vaccination appointment at least two months before you leave the country. It can take 4-6 weeks for your body to build antibodies following your vaccination. Additionally, some vaccines may require two doses spaced weeks apart, so it’s important to get started ahead of time.

Who should get a pneumonia vaccine?

The pneumococcal vaccination protects you from the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, which is responsible for most cases of pneumonia. Getting infected by this bacteria is dangerous because it also causes bronchitis, meningitis, and blood poisoning.

There are two types of pneumonia vaccines. One is recommended for all adults aged 65 or older, while the other is for adults up to the age of 64 who have certain medical conditions.

If you have questions about vaccines, call Mayfair Family Care or schedule an appointment online.