Vaccinations are one of the many preventive measures health care providers use to protect you from getting sick. Board-certified internal medicine physician Suresh Malik, MD, and the team at Quality Primary Care in Rockville, Maryland, are passionate about your health and the health and wellness of your community. The practice offers vaccinations to protect you from common contagious illnesses, including the flu. To learn more about vaccinations, call the office or book online today.

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Vaccinations Q & A

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations are medical treatments that protect you from common contagious diseases. Vaccines contain small amounts of a weakened or dead germ. 

When injected into your body, the dead or weakened germs stimulate your immune system to create antibodies against them. If you’re exposed to the live germ, your body uses the antibodies to attack the germ and prevent an infection or serious symptoms.

It takes your body two or more weeks after your vaccination to develop the antibodies needed to protect you from getting sick. 

Are vaccinations safe?

Many people have concerns about vaccinations. However, vaccines undergo rigorous testing before being offered to the public so that they’re safe. 

When you come in to see the experts at Quality Primary Care, they can talk to you about your vaccination needs. 

Though vaccinations are safe for most people, you may not be a good candidate to receive one if you’re allergic to any of the substances in the shot or had a bad reaction to a previous vaccination. 

What types of vaccinations do I need?

The types of vaccinations you need depend on your age, occupation, and travel plans. 

In general, all people age 12 and older may need vaccines for:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) 
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningitis
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles
  • Pneumococcal disease


If you work in health care, you may need additional vaccinations, such as a measles, mumps, and rubella booster. You may also need vaccinations if you’re traveling abroad to protect you from diseases not common in the United States, but common in the area you’re traveling to. 

When should I get the influenza vaccination?

Influenza viruses are highly contagious and cause seasonal flu. There are many strains of flu viruses. 

You need to get a flu vaccination every year for protection against the influenza virus strain or strains predicted to be most prevalent during flu season, which is October to March.

Quality Primary Care provides annual influenza vaccinations. The team recommends you get the vaccine before the start of flu season. However, you can still protect yourself from a serious case of the flu if you get the vaccination at any time during flu season.

The influenza vaccination may not prevent you from getting the flu, but it may lessen the severity and duration of your symptoms, as well as reduce your risk of more serious health complications. 

To schedule your vaccinations, call Quality Primary Care or request an appointment online today.