Immunizations Specialist

Allina Health Apple Valley

Medical Center located in Apple Valley, MN

A little less than 100 years ago, more than 15,000 Americans died from diphtheria. Between 2004 and 2014, only two cases were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thanks to vaccines, many dangerous and potentially deadly diseases have been all but eradicated from the United States, making vaccination a smart choice. At the Apple Valley Medical Center, the health care professionals provide a full slate of vaccines to their patients in Apple Valley, Minnesota and the surrounding areas. To protect you and your loved ones from highly contagious diseases, call to book an appointment to learn more about immunization.

Immunizations Q & A

Why should I vaccinate?

Since their introduction, vaccines have prevented the spread of contagious diseases that caused hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States. From polio to whooping cough, modern medical science has successfully taken the teeth out of these potentially dangerous diseases by protecting people through simple vaccinations.

As an example, before the vaccination, almost everyone in the country got the measles, which is an extremely contagious disease.

Vaccination not only guards you and your family against contracting these contagious diseases, but they also prevent you from passing them along to others.

What can I vaccinate against?

The common vaccination schedule protects your family against:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria
  • Hib
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza, or flu
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis, or whooping cough
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • HPV
  • Shingles

What is the schedule for vaccinations?

The providers at the Apple Valley Medical Center start vaccinating your child as soon as one month after birth. The providers deliver combination vaccinations until your child is fully immunized. The staff at the Apple Valley Medical Center is happy to provide you with the full schedule, so you know what to expect. The staff also tracks your vaccinations and sends reminders, so you don't run the risk of missing any.

In addition, annual flu shots play an important role in your vaccination efforts, which are especially important for younger patients and the elderly.

Rounding out your vaccination efforts is the human papillomavirus vaccine, or HPV, which the provider administers to your child between the ages of 9 and 12. If you missed the HPV vaccine as a child, it’s been approved for anyone up to 26 years of age.

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccines are considered to be quite safe, especially when you consider what they’re protecting against. Your child may experience some redness and swelling at the site of the injection, but this usually resolves itself in a day or two.

To learn more about protecting your family, call the Apple Valley Medical Center to schedule an appointment.