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Physical Exams And Vaccinations Specialist

Omar Aref, MD -  - Board Certified Family Physician

Omar Aref, MD

Board Certified Family Physician & Aesthetic Specialist located in Plant City, FL

If you haven’t had a medical exam by a physician lately, what you don’t know could be making you ill. Routine physical exams and vaccinations are key components for maintaining and optimizing your health. Dr. Omar Aref, a board-certified family physician in Plant City, Florida, provides you and your loved ones with the skilled care you need to enjoy wellness for years to come. Call or book online today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Aref.

Physical Exams and Vaccinations Q & A

What is a physical exam?

Regular physical examinations are the front line of preventive medicine. During your exam, Dr. Aref checks for early signs of chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions. If caught early, these issues can be addressed swiftly, greatly increasing your chance for a healthy outcome.

Dr. Aref also makes sure your vaccinations are up to date, ensuring that you’re protected from influenza, shingles, pneumococcal viruses, and other infections.

What happens during my physical exam?

During your physical, Dr. Aref checks your vitals: heart rate, blood pressure, and weight. Then, based on your age, lifestyle, and medical history, he might draw your blood to test for elevated cholesterol levels, diabetes, and other conditions like cancer or HIV.

Depending on the initial findings, Dr. Aref might require additional tests. In some cases, he may also recommend starting a weight loss and exercise program, eliminating tobacco products, or reducing your consumption of salt, fatty foods, and alcohol.

What are the benefits of vaccinations?

Vaccinations are one of the most powerful tools for preventing the onset and spread of illnesses. Dr. Aref recommends that children from birth to 18 years of age maintain a regular vaccination schedule. Serious childhood diseases that vaccines can prevent include:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Polio

Over age 19, vaccinations are not administered as frequently, but you should still make sure you’re current. It’s important to get periodically vaccinated for diphtheria and tetanus, and annually for influenza. Dr. Aref might recommend other vaccines depending on your occupation and lifestyle or if you frequently travel abroad.

What are the risks of vaccinations?

As with any drug, vaccines can have side effects. Some mild reactions to vaccinations include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Soreness at the injection site
  • Stuffy nose, sore throat, and upper respiratory infection

Regular physical exams and vaccinations are an important part of good health and well-being. Dr. Aref has the skills and experience to treat you and every member of your family. Call or book online today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Aref.