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AFP Associates

Family Practice located in Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, CA

Vaccinations Specialist

Bader Iqbal, MD, is a family medicine specialist who provides preventive health care, including vaccinations, to residents of the Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks area in Southern California.

Vaccinations Q & A

AFP Associates

What are Vaccinations?

Vaccine, immunization, and vaccination are often used interchangeably but really mean different things. A vaccine is a substance that produces immunity to a disease when injected, swallowed or inhaled. Immunization is the process by which people become immune to a disease, either through catching the disease or by receiving a vaccine. Vaccination is specifically the injection of an organism like a virus that has been weakened or killed; it is used to produce immunity to a disease.

Why are Vaccinations Necessary?

Before vaccines were developed, people became immune to a disease by catching and then recovering from the disease. The body produced antibodies against viruses, bacteria, and fungi which protected people; in some cases, the immunity lasted throughout the lifespan. “Herd” or “community” immunity occurs when a large number of people become ill and recover, which decreases the risk of spreading the disease. Today, vaccinations are used to provide herd immunity to decrease the risk of an outbreak.

What Vaccinations are Recommended for Children/Adolescents?

Age affects vaccination recommendations, and the vaccinations themselves may be single or multiple doses. Hepatitis B is usually given soon after birth. Flu vaccine is given as an annual injection to all ages. By the age of two, children have typically received Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, or whooping cough), influenza, pneumococcal (pneumonia), polio, measles, mumps and rubella, chickenpox and hepatitis A vaccinations. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is usually given at age 11 to 12.

What Immunizations are Recommended for Adults?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults who have never been vaccinated be given the same vaccinations as children. In addition, the CDC recommends adults have an annual flu vaccination and a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster (TDAP) every 10 years. Other recommendations include herpes zoster after age 55-60 to prevent complications of shingles, a skin disease. Once people reach age 65, the CDC recommends they receive a second and different kind of vaccination for pneumonia.

Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Vitals

    "I have known and have been seeing Dr. Iqbal for many years. He is kind, caring and insightful. He imparts a great deal of information and explanations."

    Verified Patient
  • Wellness

    "I love Dr. Iqbal. He is always there when I need him. His bedside manner is unreal. It is like talking to a member of your own family. "

    Lynn J.
  • RateMDs

    "Exceptionally caring and communicative. Doesn't rush through appointments and allows for long explanations and questions. A Dr. who listens to his patients."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "In my opinion he is one of the most honest and reliable doctors I could ever find!He is very straightforward and will tell you the details of what is going on with you."

    Verified Patient
Location
AFP Associates
3180 Willow Lane, Suite 102
Westlake Village

Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Phone: 805-418-5796
Fax: (805) 557-0196
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805-418-5796