Zhuping Chang, MD
Internal Medicine located in Plainsboro, NJ
Remaining current with your vaccinations is a critical component of your overall health care. At her practice in Plainsboro, New Jersey, Zhuping Chang, MD, offers patients a wide range of standard vaccinations. Dr. Chang can help keep you up to date on everything from measles and hepatitis to regular flu shots. She offers most of the vaccinations you’ll ever need. To learn more about vaccinations and why you need them, call the office or request a visit online today.
Vaccinations Q & A
How do vaccines prevent diseases?
Vaccines work by essentially teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight back against foreign viruses or bacteria. The process of administering vaccinations involves injecting certain molecules into your body that trigger a response from your immune system to a specific virus or bacteria.
These molecules are called antigens, and they are present in all cases of viruses and bacteria. Giving your body these antigens teaches your immune system to recognize viruses and bacteria as harmful and to produce antibodies that fight them. Vaccinations also help your immune system remember how to fight the virus or bacteria in the future, so it will automatically fight back against the harmful pathogen.
Why are vaccinations important?
Vaccinations are a vital part of public health care. Over the last few decades, widespread vaccinations have helped prevent millions of cases of disease and have saved countless lives.
The vaccination needs of infants, children, teens, and adults differ. Dr. Chang and healthcare providers like her play an integral role in public health, helping individuals receive the necessary vaccinations at the proper stage of life.
Not getting vaccinated carries great risk, as it increases your chances of developing highly preventable diseases and spreading them to the general public.
How are vaccinations administered?
Vaccinations are administered with a simple, painless injection. The process is simple and straightforward. Dr. Chang offers the most common vaccinations at her office, including:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Whooping cough
- Travel vaccinations
Talk to Dr. Chang to find out which vaccinations you need. Your age and lifestyle will determine which vaccinations you need to get and when.
Are vaccinations safe?
Yes, vaccinations are perfectly safe. The only risks associated with vaccinations are minor and can occur with any type of injection. You may experience subtle soreness at the injection site, depending on your pain tolerance. No matter what, this will subside on its own very quickly.
Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the current vaccine supply in the United States is the safest in history.
To learn more about vaccinations, call the office, or use the online booking tool and schedule an appointment with Dr. Chang today.