Vaccinations Specialist

Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care

General Internal Medicine located in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Vaccinations save between 2-3 million lives annually, according to the World Health Organization. At Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care in the Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, Ahmar Butt, MD, Lalasa Valasareddi, MD and the team help you stay up to date on your vaccinations. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.

Vaccinations Q&A

What are vaccinations?

A vaccine is an injectable medication that helps you build immunity and prevent harmful diseases. Vaccines contain a small amount of dead or weakened germs to introduce certain bacteria and viruses into your bloodstream at an amount your body can fight off. 

When you receive a vaccination, your immune system produces antibodies just as it would if you were exposed to the disease. You’ll develop immunity against that disease, allowing your body to recognize and fight off future infections. 

Which vaccines do adults need?

The team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance helps you stay up to date with vaccines recommended for adults. As we age, our immune systems weaken over time, increasing our risk for certain diseases. Adult vaccine recommendations depend on your age, travel requirements, and medical history, and commonly include: 

  • HPV
  • Shingles
  • Inflluenza
  • Tdap
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Prevnar®
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide
  • Pneumococcal conjugate 

Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance also offers and recommends annual vaccinations for healthy adults, including the seasonal flu shot. The team reviews your medical history and health to determine which vaccines are right for you.

Are vaccinations safe?

Vaccines are tested rigorously for years before being made available to the public. Regulatory bodies like the FDA and CDC oversee clinical trials for vaccines before they are distributed.

Even after vaccines are recommended for public use, testing continues. Vaccine safety is maintained through government entities like the Vaccine Safety Datalink and the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS).

Do vaccinations cause side effects?

While vaccines are considered safe, side effects are possible for some people receiving vaccinations. 

When you receive vaccinations at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance, you receive information regarding potential side effects associated with the vaccine. Common side effects include pain, bruising, and swelling at the injection site. 

You’re at a higher risk for adverse side effects if you have a family history of vaccine-related allergies or a weakened immune system. 

If you’re behind on your vaccination schedule or want to receive an annual flu shot, the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance can help. Call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.