Vaccinations Specialist

John L Behm, M.D. -  - Family Practice

Behm Family Practice

John L Behm, M.D.

Family Practice located in Wexford, PA

It’s better to prevent a disease than have to treat it, and thanks to vaccines, many life-altering diseases that were once common are now a thing of the past. At Behm Family Practice in Wexford, Pennsylvania, board-certified family medicine doctor John Behm, MD, administers a full range of required vaccinations for children and recommended vaccinations for adults. To schedule vaccinations for your child or yourself, call or click today.

Vaccinations Q & A

What are vaccines?

Vaccines are a form of preventive medicine that provide effective protection against a wide variety of serious and often deadly diseases. Often, vaccines are the most effective way to treat a disease, and they’ve saved millions of lives from diseases that were once considered fatal. They’re responsible for the worldwide eradication of smallpox, and vaccinations have nearly eliminated multiple diseases, including smallpox, polio, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, German measles, and tetanus.

When you get a vaccine, it immunizes, or protects you, from a disease. Vaccines work by introducing a tiny amount of a disease-causing germ. The germs are dead or too weak to make you sick, but they’re just enough for your immune system to remember the germ and know to send out antibodies to fight it in response.

Why is it necessary to vaccinate my child?

As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to keep your child safe and healthy. Having your child receive a full schedule of vaccines, beginning right after birth and continuing through childhood is one of the most important steps you can take to do that.

Vaccines are safe and effective. They’ve been heavily tested and are highly regulated. Though you may think of diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough as a thing of the past, that’s because people on a large scale have had their children vaccinated. These vaccine-preventable diseases are still out there, and they show up in communities where parents choose not to vaccinate their children. Thankfully, when you vaccinate your child, you don’t have to worry about these diseases.

It’s understandable if you feel overwhelmed by the many vaccines your child needs. Dr. Behm helps you keep track of the schedule.

What vaccines are recommended for adults?

Though it’s especially important for children to receive a full schedule of vaccines, adults also benefit from vaccinations. The effects of certain childhood vaccines wear off, and you may be at risk for certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Dr. Behm recommends several vaccinations for adults including:

  • A flu shot for all adults every year
  • A Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, also known as whooping cough) booster shot every 10 years
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) for women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 who did not receive the vaccine as children
  • Shingles vaccines for adults age 50 and older

Dr. Behm advises you on your risk factors and recommends adult vaccinations to you. If you received a full schedule of vaccinations as a child, you don’t have to worry you’ll suddenly become vulnerable to a wide range of diseases and have to “catch up.” But adult vaccinations can help you stay healthier.

To schedule vaccinations for yourself or your child at Behm Family Practice, call or click today.

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