What is a Vaccine?
A vaccine is a preparation that is created in a medical lab designed to protect a person against a specific disease. It contains the same pathogens (or germs) that cause the disease, but they’ve been weakened so that you don’t get sick when you are given a dose. This weakened strain stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies to protect your body against the disease without you ever becoming ill!
The History of Vaccines
A lot is being said about vaccines these days, but rest assured that they have been around for a long time, helping boost immunity to ward off diseases. For example, the Smallpox vaccine was developed by Edward Jenner all the way back in 1796. Revolutionary for its time, it was tested and found to be so effective that the deadly disease became completely eradicated worldwide. As a result, this vaccine is no longer given because it is no longer needed. The elimination of this disease is seen as one of the greatest international public health achievements, and for a good reason!
The vaccines of today follow the same guiding principles, and we at AIMG play our role in providing immunity against the diseases that affect the world today. In alignment with the CDC, we remain current with offering all routine vaccinations for adults, adolescents, and children aged 3 and up.
For your convenience, AIMG offers the following standard vaccinations:
- Influenza vaccine, which protects against the common flu
- MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella
- TDAP (Adult & Pediatric) vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis
- HPV vaccine, which protects against the human papillomavirus
- Meningitis B
- Hepatitis B “Adult & Pediatric”
- PPD Skin testing
There are a lot of different opinions about COVID-19 vaccinations–which one is best, or even whether you should get one at all.
You can rest assured knowing that COVID-19 vaccinations are created with the same guiding principles and strict medical protocols as the other tried and true vaccines that have helped ward off illness, and in some cases, eradicate the disease. COVID-19 vaccinations have been proven to help reduce the transmission of the disease and lessen the effects on those who come down with it.
The CDC has documented studies that reflect that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing severe illnesses from COVID-19, including hospitalization. They are even more effective when followed up with boosters.
Scheduling Your COVID-19 Vaccination
As part of an ongoing effort to promote health & safety throughout the pandemic, AIMG is pleased to offer COVID-19 vaccinations.
Moderna vaccines and boosters are administered onsite every Thursday.
Are you taking a trip, does your job require a COVID-19 test, or do you suspect you may have contracted the virus? AIMG is pleased to provide COVID-19 testing administered by Atlantic Diagnostics Lab onsite. Testing is available by appointment. Learn more here.