Primary Care Women & Children

What are vaccinations?

Vaccines are injections of a killed or weakened virus to create an immunity against it. Getting vaccinated is an important part of staying healthy and preventing deadly diseases from spreading.

Types of vaccines include:

  • Flu
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Chickenpox
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus
  • Rotavirus
  • Typhoid fever

Goshen Physicians wants to help keep you, your family and your community as healthy as possible. That’s why we provide several opportunities to get your vaccinations in Goshen, IN.

Your primary care provider offers any required vaccinations. If you don’t have a primary care provider, call (877) 566-4660. You can also receive many vaccines at our urgent care center.

Reasons to get vaccinated

Why are vaccines important? When you get vaccinated, not only are you protecting your own health, but that of loved ones, people around you and future generations. Because of vaccinations, diseases that once killed thousands of people can now be prevented. Vaccinations also help you avoid infections that cause cancers and other serious diseases.

By keeping your vaccinations up-to-date, you protect babies who are too young to be immunized, as well as sick and elderly people. When most people in a community have their vaccines, there’s less chance for an outbreak. Over time, vaccines greatly reduce or eliminate diseases, so future generations no longer have to get certain ones.

Risks of vaccines and what to expect

When you visit your doctor for a vaccination, bring a record of your vaccinations and ask your doctor to update it. Make sure to tell your provider if you’ve had a reaction to vaccines in the past, if you have an illness or are pregnant.

While all vaccines carry a small risk of complications, the side effects are minor, such as a temporary low fever or soreness at the injection site.

Do you have questions about what vaccinations are right for you or your children? Talk to your primary care provider.

Goshen Physicians protects the health of the Elkhart County community by providing vaccinations in Goshen, IN.