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Vaccinations Specialist

AFM Healthcare -  - Family Medicine

AFM Healthcare

Family Medicine located in Winter Park, FL & Oviedo, FL

Vaccines can prevent you and your children from contracting serious, even life-threatening, illnesses and diseases. At AFM Healthcare, with two locations in Winter Park and Oviedo, Florida, the board-certified primary care team offers vaccinations for adults and children as a disease prevention strategy. Schedule an appointment with AFM Healthcare by phone or online to determine if you or your loved ones are good candidates for vaccinations.

Vaccinations Q & A

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations are often made of dead or weakened bacteria or viruses. They can build your body’s immunity and protect you from contracting certain illnesses, or lessening their severity. 

In illnesses such as the flu, for example, you might still get sick, but the antibodies you produce from the vaccine keep you from getting as sick as you otherwise might.

At AFM Healthcare, the primary care team determines which vaccinations might be appropriate for you based on your age and risk factors. Schools and some sports teams might require vaccinations prior to participation, or you might choose a vaccine to gain peace of mind.

What are my vaccination options?

Your provider reviews your medical history and preferences to determine which type of vaccinations are right for you or your child. Some of the many vaccines available at AFM Healthcare include:

  • Diphtheria
  • Chickenpox
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Whooping cough
  • Tetanus

Not all vaccines are right for everybody, which is why the AFM Healthcare providers work with you to develop a vaccination schedule that best matches your needs and lifestyle. 

What should I expect during vaccine administration?

Your provider can administer vaccines during a wellness checkup. To get a vaccine, you or your child relaxes on a comfortable chair or exam table. They can numb the treatment area and use a very fine needle to minimize any discomfort. 

You might feel a slight pinch that lasts just a second during the injection, but you won’t feel any severe or long-lasting discomfort.

Some vaccinations are available as a mist you can inhale, rather than an injection. Your doctor might suggest you receive more than one type of vaccine.

What happens after I get my vaccination?

There’s no downtime after getting a vaccine, so you can resume normal activities immediately. However, you might feel a little tired, develop a mild fever or headache, or experience redness or soreness at the injection site. 

Your primary care specialist might recommend you or your child take over-the-counter medications as needed to alleviate temporary discomfort.

If you’re due for a vaccine and you’d like to reduce the risk of developing specific illnesses or diseases, schedule an appointment with AFM Healthcare by phone or online today.