Immunizations/Vaccines Specialist

George M. Jayatilaka, M.D. Inc.

Family & Pediatrics located in Long Beach, CA

Globally, immunizations help prevent close to three million deaths every year. In fact, vaccines are so critical that besides catering to private and cash patients, the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California participate in the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Vaccine for Children program. This initiative provides free immunizations to children who otherwise wouldn’t get vaccinated. To get the vaccines needed to keep you and your family healthy, call or make an appointment online today.

Immunizations Q & A

What are immunizations?

Also referred to as vaccines and vaccinations, immunizations are the best protection against many serious diseases. Vaccines help prepare your body to fight off illnesses, so you don’t get sick.

Vaccinations have two main ingredients:

Antigens

Antigens are small amounts of weak or dead viruses, bacteria, or toxins that cause diseases. Antigens help teach your immune system to fight the infection efficiently, so you don’t get the disease.

Adjuvants

Adjuvants are substances that increase your immunity against disease by helping your immune system respond to the immunization more effectively.

When are vaccines needed?

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, along with the CDC, offer vaccine schedules that tell you when to get vaccinations for yourself and your family. This schedule is organized by age.

From birth through age six, children visit the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. for 28 doses of vaccines. These immunizations cover 14 different illnesses, and all require multiple shots to remain effective. The annual flu vaccination isn't included but is recommended.

Children between the ages of seven to 18 may receive additional immunizations.

  • Meningitis: Brain and spinal cord inflammation
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV): A sexually transmitted infection that may cause cancer
  • Whooping cough

Depending on age, adults should receive:

  • One booster of Tdap for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis
  • An MMR booster for measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Meningitis
  • Shingles
  • Pneumonia

What should you do if you miss a vaccine?

The doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. recommend starting the vaccination schedule where you or your child left off or failed to receive a particular immunization. Any previously received vaccines still count, and the doctor restarts the vaccinations until you or your child are caught up.

If you or a family member is in need of vaccines, call or make an appointment online today at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California.