Vaccinations Specialist

Montecristo Medical Group

Anita E. Gonzalez, MD

General Practitioner & Pediatrician located in Van Nuys, CA

Getting vaccinated is a proven and safe preventive measure against catching deadly infections. While some people avoid getting immunized because of a fear of needles or misconceptions about vaccines, deciding not to get vaccinated puts you, and others around you, at risk. Anita E. Gonzalez, MD, in Van Nuys, California, recommends following a vaccination schedule to keep you and your family safe from dangerous diseases. Call Montecristo Medical Group or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.

Vaccinations Q & A

How do vaccines work?

Vaccination is a procedure that makes your body immune to a certain infectious disease. When you get vaccinated, a small, diluted dose of a disease is injected into your body. This triggers your body’s immune system to develop antibodies to fight the infection. 

After your body has encountered a disease, it makes a memory of that disease so that if you are exposed to the same infection again, your immune system knows how to respond immediately.

Why do you still need to get vaccinated?

It’s widely accepted that immunizations are essential to preventing the spread of contagious diseases, and the team at Dr. Anita E. Gonzalez, MD, recommends patients of all ages get vaccinated. Vaccines are so effective that once-common diseases, including polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and diphtheria are now rare in the US, and smallpox has been eradicated worldwide. 

But even though these diseases exist at low or nonexistent levels in the US, they still exist in other populations around the world, and if you travel to these areas without being vaccinated, you’re at risk of infection. 

Given their success rate in keeping the rate of preventable diseases down, medical professionals and organizations like the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) continue to advocate for the use of vaccines to prevent future outbreaks.

Immunization is the only proven way to fight communicable diseases, especially for vulnerable populations, such as infants whose immune systems aren’t fully developed and rely on herd immunity for protection.

What diseases do vaccinations protect you against?

Each vaccine is designed to protect you against a different disease. Some of the more common diseases that are prevented with vaccines are:

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human papillomavirus virus (HPV)
  • Seasonal influenza
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Mumps
  • Polio
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

The diseases listed above are highly contagious and spread either through bodily fluids (sharing utensils or eating food made by someone who’s infected) or through an airborne infection (breathing the same air as an infected person). The only effective method to protect yourself is by getting vaccinated.

If you or a family member needs to get vaccinated, or if you have questions about a suggested immunization schedule, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book a consultation today.