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Broadway Wellness PC

Ellen Levan, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Physician located in Fairlawn, NJ

Sometimes the body needs help fighting off harmful diseases or infections. To discover which vaccines are right for you or your child, visit Broadway Wellness PC in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Ellen Levan, MD offers standard vaccination services for adolescents and adults so they can live, travel, and play safely. Call the office to book a consultation or schedule your first appointment online today.

Vaccinations Q & A

What vaccines do kids need?

Babies are born with basic biological protection against some diseases. However, most children need a regular schedule of vaccines to guard against life-threatening or highly communicable infections.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has some general guidelines for vaccinating children, including a list of the most critical vaccines:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Hib
  • HPV
  • Influenza
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Meningococcal diseases
  • Pneumococcal diseases
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus

Dr. Levan can talk with you about the right vaccines for your child and offer combination vaccines to reduce the number of shots they need.

What vaccines do adults need?

Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you’re done with vaccinations. Since vaccines from childhood can wear off and new vaccines develop as time goes on, it’s important to stay current and consult with a physician about adult vaccines and immunizations.

Your age, lifestyle, current health, and traveling habits are all factors that determine what vaccines you need as an adult. Dr. Levan might recommend some or all of the following:

  • Influenza
  • Shingles
  • Pneumococcal diseases
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV
  • Chickenpox
  • Tetanus
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella

If you have your vaccination records from childhood, this makes adult vaccination services much faster and easier.

Why are vaccination services important?

Some people have questions or concerns about the safety or necessity of vaccines. This is normal, but it’s important to understand that vaccines can prevent major, life-threatening health problems to yourself, your family, and your community. They protect your immune health and allow your body to remain strong when it’s exposed to common foreign threats.

What can I expect after getting vaccines?

Vaccines introduce a tiny amount of an infection, bacteria, or virus into the body. This triggers the body’s natural immune response and helps it create antibodies to fight the disease.

Some people experience minor side effects from vaccinations, which can include headaches, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, or a general feeling of unease. However, these symptoms usually resolve quickly.

With the right vaccinations, you can send your child to school with peace of mind or travel the world with confidence. If you’d like to know more about vaccination services at Broadway Wellness PC, contact the office by calling or booking a consultation online today.