Vaccines Specialist

MetroBest Clinic

Medical Office & Primary Care Practice located in Washington, DC

Vaccines play a crucial role in keeping you healthy by protecting you from disease. Whether you need a flu vaccination, booster shot, or another type of injection, Milca Kaplan, CRNP can help at MetroBest Clinic. With more than 10 years of clinical experience, Milca provides care to men and women in the Washington, D.C. area by providing immunizations right in the office. To schedule your appointment, or if you have questions about what vaccines you need, make an appointment online or by calling the office.

Vaccines Q & A

MetroBest Clinic

What are vaccines?

Vaccines are used to immunize you against certain illnesses. Shots are vital to preventing the spread of diseases across your town, state, and even country. In fact, thanks to vaccines, diseases like polio and measles are now virtually nonexistent in the United States.

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines work by a weakened or dead microbe of the disease to your body. Once the vaccine is injected into your body, you will start building antibodies to prevent you from developing that disease later on.

How does getting a shot work?

Getting a shot is a relatively pain-free and easy process that Milca performs in the office.

First, Milca cleans the area where the injection will be made with an alcohol swab. Then, she injects the serum into your skin. Once the serum is injected, Milca wipes down the injection site and applies a bandage.

The entire process takes only a few minutes. You may experience some discomfort when the needle pierces your skin.

What vaccines do I need to have?

Most children are required to have certain vaccines, such as the polio vaccine, before being able to attend school. But adults can get vaccinations too. Common vaccines adults get are:

  • Yearly flu vaccination
  • Tetanus boosters (every 10 years)
  • Whooping cough boosters
  • HPV vaccinations

Are there any side effects of vaccines?

One of the great things about vaccines is that they have little to no side effects. Potential side effects include:

  • Redness and tenderness at the injection site
  • Mild fever
  • Headaches

Most side effects, if you experience any, are mild. It’s possible to have more severe reactions such as swelling of the throat, high-grade temperatures, and more. Contact Milca right away if you experience any of these side effects following your immunization.

If you need a shot, whether it be your yearly flu shot or a booster, make an appointment with Milca Kaplan, CRNP at MetroBest Clinic today. You can schedule your appointment online or by calling her office.