Immunizations Specialist

E. Martin Maida, MD -  - Internist

E. Martin Maida, MD

Internist & Internal Medicine located in Livingston, NJ

Immunizations are the most efficient shields against diseases. E. Martin Maida, MD, screens men and women at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey, to make sure his patients are up-to-date with all required immunizations. He can also recommend other vaccines if he considers them beneficial. Book an appointment online or over the phone to learn about immunizations you might need.

Immunizations Q & A

What are immunizations?

Immunizations are commonly referred to as vaccines. They’re preventive health treatments that prepare your body to fight against certain illnesses.

During an immunization session, Dr. Maida introduces a small and diluted amount of a virus to your body, usually in the form of a shot. In response, your body’s immune system builds up antibodies to fight it off.

The antibodies your body creates remain in your body, so that if you’re ever exposed to the disease you’ve been vaccinated against, your body will be able to fight it off without making you sick.

Why are immunizations important?

Immunizations are the most effective way of avoiding dangerous diseases. Some disorders carry with them the risk of infertility, paralysis, and premature death.

Vaccines have in large part removed the risks of widespread illness and systemic hospitalizations. Today, many doctors don’t have to treat patients for certain diseases, such as measles, because of the widespread use of vaccines.

Staying up-to-date with immunizations is the responsible thing to do, not just to protect yourself and those in your household, but to protect members of your entire community.

For example, some people can’t get certain vaccines because of allergies they may have to them. A vaccinated community ensures that diseases don’t appear and infect those unable to get proper vaccinations.

What immunizations should children have?

Until the age of the 18, children should get the following immunizations:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Acellular pertussis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide and conjugate
  • Flu
  • HPV

This list is published by the Centers for Disease Control every year to encourage people to get immunized.

What immunizations do you need as an adult?

Adults require different kinds of immunizations, and, most often, the immunizations adults need depend on their lifestyle, travel habits, and careers.

As an adult, you’ll need boosters of the vaccines you received as a child to make sure the immunization is still active in your body. Dr. Maida recommends, for example, that you get a tetanus shot every 10 years. The most available vaccine is the flu shot, which you should get yearly.

During your consultation with Dr. Maida, he can screen for the levels of antibodies present in you and recommend boosters.

Book an appointment online or over the phone today with E. Martin Maida, MD and make sure you’re fully protected from dangerous diseases.