Immunizations / Vaccinations Specialist

Diana Fibison, MD

Family Medicine Physician located in Glen Rock, NJ

Immunizations and vaccinations are crucial during childhood and at certain times during your adult years, too. Diana Fibison, MD, gives patients the personalized care they need at her Sovereign Medical Group in Oradell, New Jersey. From immunizations and vaccinations to preventive medicine and annual checkups, you and your family can get all the care you need in one convenient place. Use the online booking tool now, or call to schedule your vaccination appointment.

Immunizations / Vaccinations Q & A

Which vaccinations does my child need?

Dr. Fibison follows the vaccination schedule from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children need the following vaccinations.

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hib
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio vaccine
  • Rotavirus

The exact time for vaccinations will vary according to your child's health and growth.

What vaccinations do I need as an adult?

As an adult, your vaccinations will depend partly on your vaccination history. If you didn't have the recommended vaccinations during childhood, you may need to have them now. The vaccinations you may need include:

  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV
  • Hib
  • Tdap

Additionally, adults need yearly flu vaccinations. And depending on your age and health, you may also need vaccinations for shingles, pneumococcal disease, and meningococcal disease.

Can vaccinations make me or my child sick?

Vaccinations are very unlikely to make you or your child seriously ill. Although the components of vaccines may include diluted versions of the microorganisms that cause the illnesses, they’re diluted so much that they can't cause the diseases. The limited exposure to the illnesses is a vital part of building immunity to them.

In some cases, patients may have mild reactions to vaccines. However, this is typically limited to minor soreness at the injection site or a low-grade fever. Overall, the minimal health risks of vaccinations are well worth it, since you're gaining protection from very serious diseases.

How can I help my child during vaccinations?

Stay with your child during vaccinations and hold them on your lap. By holding them in a stable position, you're reducing their movement and helping them feel more relaxed. If your child is still young enough to use a pacifier, the sucking motion may distract and soothe them.

For toddlers and older children, bring their favorite book, toy, or other distraction. You can also show your child a movie or show on a phone or tablet.

Your child will tend to adopt your attitudes, so speak about the vaccinations in a cheerful way, emphasizing that they just take minutes and are not a big deal. This can help both of you relax ahead of the vaccinations.

To schedule a vaccination, book an appointment online or over the phone with Diana Fibison, MD today.