Vaccinations Specialist

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physicians & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Grand Rapids, MI

Vaccinations can prevent you and your children from contracting serious or life-threatening illnesses. At Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, their board-certified internal medicine physicians and pediatricians offer vaccines to increase your chance of staying healthy or fulfill work, school, or immigration requirements. Schedule your next appointment with Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan by phone or online today.

Vaccinations Q&A

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations contain small amounts of weak or dead germs that cause diseases and illnesses. Injections or breathing in a mist are ways your provider can administer vaccinations to help prevent you from getting sick. Vaccines work by helping your body develop immunity to specific germs, fighting them off if you’re exposed in the future.


Which vaccinations are available?

Some of the many vaccinations available at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan include:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Chickenpox and shingles
  • Flu and Hib
  • Diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis), and tetanus
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus

Your internal medicine specialist lets you know which vaccine is right for you or your child based on their age, risk factors, and overall health. Some vaccines require multiple injections or yearly administration to maximize effectiveness. 


What happens during vaccine administration?

Prior to getting vaccines, your provider reviews your medical history and completes a physical examination. Many vaccinations are available as an injection or shot. While you may feel a tiny pinch during needle insertion, it lasts just a second. Mists are also available for some vaccines. Your provider sprays the mist into your nose while you inhale.


What happens after getting vaccinations?

After getting a vaccine, you might experience mild side effects like redness or swelling at the injection site, chills, mild fever, feeling tired or achy, or a headache. These side effects are temporary and often a sign your body is building immunity against an illness or disease. 

Your internal medicine specialist lets you know if you require more than one dose of certain vaccines. The flu vaccine is available annually.


Are vaccines required?

Getting vaccines is entirely optional in many cases. However, some jobs, schools, sports programs, and immigration agencies require certain vaccinations. Your provider reviews the pros and cons of getting vaccines with you prior to receiving them. Studies show that vaccines don’t cause autism. 

Your internal medicine specialist answers questions you may have about vaccinations. They work with you to develop a vaccine schedule for yourself or your child you feel comfortable with.

Don’t take a chance of contracting a serious or life-threatening illness. Schedule an appointment with the experts at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan by phone or online to find out which vaccinations are right for you.