Vaccinations

Thuy T. Nguyen, M.D., Inc.

General Practitioners & Pediatricians located in Garden Grove, CA

If you or your child needs vaccines for work or school or you just want to avoid dangerous diseases, get your vaccinations at Thuy T. Nguyen, M.D., Inc. in Garden Grove, California. Dr. Vu Nguyen and his team have more than 40 years of combined experience providing gentle, reassuring care to local families. There are many types of vaccines available, so call or schedule a consultation online to learn about your options for better health.

Vaccinations Q & A

How do vaccinations work?

Your body naturally develops immunity when you are exposed to an inactivated virus or bacteria and you recover from the infection. Vaccinations incorporate a specific virus or bacteria that is injected into your body — usually your upper arm — to imitate an infection.

Vaccines utilize modified viruses and bacteria to create an “imitation” infection that is easier to fight off than the natural infection. Exposure to viruses and bacteria strengthen the immune system to prevent disease and its associated risks — including death in severe cases.

What types of vaccines are available?

The doctors at Thuy T. Nguyen, M.D., Inc. offer all standard vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for both children and adults. Dr. Nguyen recommends vaccines based on your age and overall health in order to prevent dangerous infections.

The most common vaccines prevent the flu, chickenpox, hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and whooping cough. Specific vaccines are given to infants, the elderly, and people living in communal housing — like college dormitories — to prevent diseases commonly found in these populations.  HPV and meningitis vaccines are also available.

What is a vaccine schedule?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes a vaccine schedule that Dr. Nguyen uses to determine which vaccines you may need based on your age, exposure risk, and lifestyle. Children require specific vaccines to protect them from dangerous childhood infections like whooping cough and chickenpox.

Older children may need specific vaccines in order to attend school. These vaccines may require multiple doses over the course of a few months or a year in order to develop full immunity.

Do adults need vaccines?

Over time, your immunity to infections can decrease — even if you were previously vaccinated. This is why adult vaccinations are often called booster shots. Booster shots serve the function of “boosting” your immune system to strengthen your immune response to infections.

Adults who are around small children or work in hospitals or health care facilities may require additional vaccinations due to their increased risk of exposure to infection.

Should anyone avoid vaccines?

If you are being treated for cancer, are pregnant, or have a weakened immune system, vaccines can make you feel worse. Dr. Nguyen guides you through the process of determining which vaccines are necessary and safe for you and your family.

Whether you need vaccines for work or school or simply have questions, call or schedule a consultation with Dr. Nguyen today to learn more.