Vaccinations Specialist

DePersia, Chernoff & Ocasio, PC

Primary Care Physicians located in West Deptford, NJ

Every year, tens of thousands end up in the hospital from flu or flu-related illnesses, and thousands even die from the flu. While those are scary statistics, the good news is that you don’t have to be a victim. A yearly vaccination can prevent you from coming down with the flu — and it might just save your life. To get flu vaccinations and any other necessary vaccinations, schedule your visit to DePersia, Chernoff, & Ocasio PC in Woodbury, New Jersey. Book an appointment online now, or call the office soon.


Do all adults need to get a flu vaccination?

Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months old gets a flu shot every flu season, with rare exception. Generally, this means once a year.

What are the different types of flu vaccines?

There are two general categories of flu vaccines, trivalent (three part) and quadrivalent (four part).

Trivalent flu vaccines

Trivalent vaccine options include a high-dose shot for adults 65 and older, an egg-free vaccine for anyone 18 or older including pregnant women, and a vaccine containing adjuvant (for stronger immune response) for ages 65 and up.

Quadrivalent flu vaccines

Quadrivalent vaccines include a version that goes in your skin instead of your muscle for ages 18-64, a version that's safe for everyone over age 4, and a version that's safe for everyone including pregnant women.

Your doctor at DePersia, Chernoff, & Ocasio PC can recommend the right flu vaccine for your needs.

Does the flu vaccine give me the flu?

No. This is a common misconception, but the CDC says that a flu shot can't give you the flu. In a series of studies, there were no differences in flu symptoms between patients who got a placebo shot and patients who got a real flu shot. Don't let a widespread fallacy prevent you from getting the flu vaccination that you need.

When do I need other vaccinations as an adult?

You may need other vaccinations at various points in your life. This can include:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap)
  • Varicella
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Zoster
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate (PCV13)
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPSV23)
  • Meningococcal
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

Whether you need these vaccinations can depend on factors including your vaccination history as a child, your disease risk factors, and your age. Your primary care doctor at DePersia, Chernoff, & Ocasio PC will let you know if you need to have any of these vaccinations.

While nobody loves to get vaccinations, you’ll love the fact that you can avoid many illnesses with just a quick injection. Schedule your appointment through the online tool now or call the office to speak to the DePersia, Chernoff, & Ocasio PC team very soon.