Immunizations Specialist

Harrison Medical Group

Internal Medicine & General Pediatrics located in Harrison, NJ

Thanks to immunizations, it’s possible to reduce the risk of potentially serious complications from contagious diseases like hospitalization and premature death. At Harrison Medical Group, primary care providers Joseph Anton, MD, and Alice Coscia, ANP, offer immunizations to people of all ages. Following an exam and a review of your medical records, they can determine which vaccinations you need and administer them accordingly. To make an appointment, call the office in Harrison, New Jersey, or click the online booking feature today.

Immunizations Q&A

What are immunizations?

Immunizations protect your body from potentially harmful invaders like bacteria and viruses. They teach your immune system to create antibodies –– proteins that fight off pathogens, preventing infection.

Immunizations aren’t always 100% effective, but it’s still important to get them. When you’re immunized, it’s possible to reduce the risk of potentially serious complications. What’s more, immunizations protect your family members, colleagues, and the community as a whole.

How do immunizations work?

Immunizations work by exposing you to a safe or inactivated version of a disease. This can take the form of a protein, a sugar, a dead or weakened pathogen, or a toxoid made by a pathogen. When these substances enter your body, they teach your immune system to recognize and defend against the invaders.

Over time, your body builds an adaptive immune response, preserving your health and well-being.

What are some of the most common immunizations?

Harrison Medical Group offers various immunizations to children and adults, including:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Chickenpox vaccine
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Human papillomavirus 
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Pneumonia vaccine
  • COVID-19

Harrison Medical Group also offers tetanus boosters and the meningococcal vaccine.

What type of immunizations will benefit me?

The type of immunizations that will most benefit you depends on various factors, including your age, health history, and lifestyle. Following an exam, a review of your medical records, and a discussion of your lifestyle, your Harrison Medical Group provider can develop an immunization schedule that aligns with your needs. 

Are immunizations safe?

Immunizations are safe and usually well-tolerated. Before they’re released to the general public, vaccines undergo significant testing by regulatory authorities from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

All immunizations are tested for safety and efficacy. If a specific vaccine doesn’t meet these standards, it isn’t approved.

Do immunizations present side effects?

Following an immunization, it's normal to experience mild side effects. For example, the area around the injection site might turn red, swell up, or be slightly irritated. To relieve the discomfort, take anti-inflammatory medication or apply an ice pack. If your symptoms persist or get worse, contact Harrison Medical Group right away.

To learn more about the benefits of immunizations, make an appointment at Harrison Medical Group by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.