Vaccines Specialist

Mark A. Ramirez, MD -  - Family Physician

Mark A. Ramirez, MD

Family Physician located in Hemet, CA

Vaccines can prevent many diseases in both children and adults. Dr. Mark A. Ramirez, a family medicine specialist in Hemet, California, offers vaccinations to adults and children in the context of primary care.

Vaccines Q & A

What Are Vaccinations?

Vaccine, vaccination, and immunization are words that sound similar and are often used to mean the same thing; however, they are actually different. A vaccine is a substance that protects patients against disease when swallowed, inhaled or injected. Vaccination means to give a patient an organism that has been deliberately killed or weakened. The organism still stimulates the patient to produce antibodies, which protect against disease. Immunization means the practice or process of protecting people and animals from disease.

Why Are Vaccinations Necessary?

When someone becomes infected with bacteria or a virus, their body produces substances called antibodies to fight the infection. These antibodies protect the patient for many years and sometimes for life. However, catching the disease means a risk of complications, some of which can be very serious. Vaccination provides immunity without the need to actually catch the disease.

What Vaccinations are Recommended to Children/Adolescents?

Immunization recommendations vary according to age; they are very complex and change as new vaccines are developed. Measles, hepatitis, mumps, rotavirus, polio, tetanus, and diphtheria vaccines are given in the first two years of life. Flu vaccinations are recommended annually for children of all ages. Some vaccines, like tetanus, require periodic booster shots. Recommendations for children may vary if they have a chronic disease or a reaction to a vaccine.

What Vaccinations are Recommended for Adults?

Many younger adults received vaccinations in childhood, but if not, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends they be given to adults when they enter medical care. An annual influenza vaccination and a tetanus booster every 10 years are also recommended for adults by the CDC. Adults age 60 and over should have a single dose of shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine. Pneumonia vaccines are also recommended for adults age 65 and older.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Our practice accepts most major insurance plans. If you do not see your insurance listed below, please call our office to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about your individual coverage.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield BlueCard PPO
Cigna
First Health
Great West Health Care
Health Net
Molina Healthcare
Multiplan
Tricare
United Healthcare