Vaccinations Specialist

Sabiha Mohiuddin, MD

Family Practice & General Practitioner located in Frederick, MD

If you want to significantly lower your risk of potentially serious health problems, it’s important to stay up-to-date on all of your vaccinations. Routine vaccinations can protect your health as well as the health of your friends and family. At her practice in Frederick, Maryland, Sabiha Mohiuddin MD offers vaccinations to adults and teenagers. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the office to speak with a friendly team member today.

Vaccinations Q & A

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations are a crucial aspect of primary prevention. They train your immune system to identify pathogens, like viruses and bacteria, as harmful invaders. 

Your body responds by creating antibodies. Antibodies neutralize pathogens and help minimize the side-effects of potentially life-threatening conditions.

Vaccinations are one of the easiest ways to preserve your health in the long term. They also protect more vulnerable members of society like the elderly, infants, and people who are immunocompromised.

How do vaccinations work?

Vaccinations help your immune system identify and combat certain diseases. They do this by exposing you to a safe version of a particular pathogen. Some of the most common ingredients found in vaccines include proteins or sugars found in pathogens, dead or inactivated pathogens, or weakened pathogens.

The team at Sabiha Mohiuddin MD administers vaccinations using a syringe. Once the vaccination enters your body, it creates an adaptive immune response. This prepares your body to fight off an infection in the future.

What vaccinations do I need?

The type of vaccinations you need depends on your age and health history. Following a comprehensive physical exam, your provider can make recommendations that align with your needs.

Routine vaccinations that everyone can benefit from include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (DTaP)
  • Inactivated polio vaccine
  • Hepatitis A
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Vaccinations provide different levels of protection. Some offer years of immunity, while others, like the seasonal flu shot, require you to receive a new shot every year.

Are vaccinations safe?

Vaccinations are safe and usually well-tolerated. Before they’re released to the general public, vaccinations undergo many rounds of study, examination, and research.

Following a vaccination appointment, it’s normal to experience mild bruising and sensitivity at the injection site. You can apply an ice pack to your arm or take an over-the-counter pain medication for relief.

How effective are vaccinations?

Vaccinations have a proven track record of success, but they won’t necessarily prevent you from getting sick. No vaccine is 100% effective, but they can lower your risk of experiencing serious side-effects.

In addition, If you don’t get vaccinations, you’re more likely to experience potentially life-threatening complications.

If you need to update your vaccinations, schedule an appointment at Sabiha Mohiuddin MD. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff today.