Immunizations Specialist

Aspire Wellness LLC: Shannon Beausoleil, MD -  - Primary Care

Aspire Wellness LLC: Shannon Beausoleil, MD

Primary Care & Functional Aesthetics Specialist located in West Hartford, CT

Immunizations protect you and your child from serious illnesses and prevent the spread of infectious disease to others, including vulnerable children and the elderly. Aspire Wellness LLC: Shannon Beausoleil, MD offers safe, effective immunizations to keep you, your child, and the community, safe from many dangerous conditions. To learn more about immunizations, or to make an appointment, call the office in West Hartford, Connecticut, today, or make an appointment online.

Immunizations Q & A

Why are immunizations important?

Immunizations prevent severe diseases that can cause dangerous health complications or death. Immunizations have nearly eradicated diseases like polio and smallpox and prevented broad-scale epidemics of once-common infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough. Both children and adults can receive immunizations.

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines use a small amount of weakened, killed, virus, bacteria, or a related protein to trigger an immune response which prepares the body to fight off the living, infectious virus or bacteria. Immunizations can prevent or lessen the severity of many serious illnesses.

Which immunizations do children need?

Typically, Aspire Wellness LLC: Shannon Beausoleil, MD follows the Centers for Disease Control recommended a schedule for childhood immunizations, which includes the following vaccines.

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Rotavirus
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis)
  • Hib (meningitis)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine
  • Poliovirus
  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Meningococcal
  • HPV (human papillomavirus, linked to cancer-causing infections)

Recommended immunizations for adults include:

  • Hep A
  • Hep B
  • Tdap
  • Td
  • Pneumococcal
  • Shingles
  • HPV
  • MMR
  • Varicella in susceptible patients.

Dr. Beausoleil also recommends yearly flu vaccines for all babies and children over the age of six months, as well as adults. Many vaccines are also available for adults, and some require periodic boosters through adulthood to maintain immunity.

Are immunizations safe?

Modern immunizations are FDA-cleared and considered quite safe. While side effects or reactions are possible, these are rare and usually quite mild. More serious reactions are rare.

The risks of not vaccinating your child, however, are considerable. Immunizations protect your child and yourself from the dangers of very serious illnesses.

Vaccinations also help thwart the spread of infectious disease and protect others who may have a health condition that prevents them from being vaccinated or who, as is sometimes the case, did not become entirely immune to infection after vaccination.

Parents who have any concerns or questions about immunizations are encouraged to schedule a consultation to discuss their concerns with Dr. Beausoleil. The team at Aspire Wellness LLC: Shannon Beausoleil, MD is dedicated to the health of their patients and provides honest and reliable information to parents.

To learn more about immunization schedules, discuss questions and concerns, or to schedule immunizations and other preventive care services, call Aspire Wellness LLC: Shannon Beausoleil, MD today, or book an appointment online.