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Vaccinations Specialist

Primary Care Practice located in Denver, CO
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Vaccinations services offered in Denver, CO


Vaccinations prevent 4-5 million deaths annually. Healthy people and those with chronic health struggles need vaccinations to prevent getting and spreading major diseases. Family CareX in Denver, Colorado, provides most vaccinations for children and adults. Joseph Matarazzo, DO, and the practice act as your primary care provider, giving you complete medical care in one location. Request your appointment online or call the office to schedule a vaccination.

Vaccinations Q&A

Who needs vaccinations?

Both children and adults need specific vaccinations to prevent or greatly reduce the chance of developing many serious diseases.

Children have their first vaccinations at birth, and they then have vaccinations at several points throughout their childhood. Adults need regular vaccinations to stay healthy, too. 

How do vaccinations protect me?

After a vaccination, your body responds by producing antibodies, protective substances that fight the bacteria or virus.

Then, with future exposure to that bacteria or virus, your antibodies recognize the invader and destroy it or neutralize it, so you don't get sick or have a milder case of the illness. 

Essentially, vaccinations work within your body's immune system to help you develop immunity safely. 

Which vaccinations do children need?

Children need a variety of vaccinations to stay healthy as they grow, including:

  • Influenza (flu) - yearly
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP and Tdap) 
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Meningococcal
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Your child may also need other vaccinations at various points through their childhood. Family CareX can provide a personalized recommendation for your child's health needs. 

Which vaccinations do adults need?

Vaccinations are just as important for adults as they are for children. The main vaccinations that American adults typically need include:

  • Influenza (yearly)
  • Tdap, if they didn't have it during adolescence
  • Tetanus and diphtheria 
  • HPV
  • Shingles
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13)

If you have a chronic disease like diabetes or a serious health condition like high blood pressure (hypertension) or high cholesterol, vaccinations are especially important for you because your body may not have a fully functioning immune system.

Family CareX provides chronic care management and family practice medicine, including customized vaccination recommendations to help you maximize your health and avoid preventable illnesses.

If your health changes, your vaccination needs may change. Working in the health care field, traveling internationally, or pregnancy may all change your vaccination needs. Family CareX can recommend the right vaccination schedule for you. 

If you or your family members need to update vaccinations, or if you're not sure which vaccinations you need, call Family CareX or click the online appointment scheduler for support.

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