With so much misinformation about vaccines, you may wonder if you need them, but vaccines are important to keep you healthy and prevent you from getting certain diseases. Jia Park, MD, at Comprehensive Family Medical Practice in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens, New York, provides vaccines for routine care or for when you travel abroad. Dr. Park is also a civil surgeon with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and provides vaccines for immigration. Call the office to make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.
Vaccines are treatments that prevent you from getting sick. Common vaccines include:
Vaccines are usually given as shots with a needle. They help your body become immune, or protected, from certain diseases so you don’t get sick. They also protect those around you from getting sick, creating a healthier community.
For prevention, it’s important to stay up-to-date with your immunizations. Some immunizations keep you well your entire life, such as the measles vaccine, while others require boosters, such as tetanus.
A vaccine contains a small amount of a disease, which can be a bacteria, virus, or toxin. When injected, the vaccine stimulates your immune system to create antibodies to fight off the disease.
You’re not alone if you have concerns about the safety of vaccines. But vaccines are both safe and effective and have undergone extensive testing to assess for safety and risk. Since initiating vaccines as a preventive measure against illness, the United States has eradicated certain diseases, including polio and diphtheria.
If you’re traveling abroad, whether for work or pleasure, Dr. Park can provide you needed vaccinations to make sure you don’t get sick when you’re out of the country. The types of vaccinations you need depend on where you’re going.
As a well-traveled physician, Dr. Park can provide you with comprehensive care that not only includes vaccines, but also tips about water, food, and other safety concerns that may impact your health.
Anyone who applies for lawful permanent resident status in the United States, also known as your green card, must undergo a physical examination with a USCIS certified civil surgeon. Dr. Park is certified by the USCIS and provides this service at her Bayside practice.
In addition to the physical examination and paperwork required for your green card, Dr. Park also provides the necessary vaccinations. Refusing the vaccinations without good cause may prevent you from getting your green card.
Dr. Park practices preventive care at Comprehensive Family Medical Practice, which includes helping you stay up to date on your vaccines. If you need to update your immunizations, call today. The office is located near the residential area of Bayside with ample parking for your convenience.