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Vaccines: Proven to Protect Your Child from Serious Diseases

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August 30, 2021
Vaccines: Proven to Protect Your Child from Serious Diseases

By Joseph Chavez Carey, MD, FAAFP, Primary Care Medical Director, Garnet Health Doctors, and Alicia Olowu, DO, Family Medicine and Primary Care Doctor, Garnet Health Doctors

For most parents, keeping their children healthy and safe is their first priority. Fortunately, we can protect children from a major area of concern – serious diseases – through the science of vaccination. Vaccinations are the best weapon we have against diseases. In addition, vaccines do more than protect the person who receives them. They safeguard families and communities.

On a global scale, vaccines have nearly eradicated diseases such as smallpox and polio, and greatly reduced cases of measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough. It is important to remember that these diseases, which killed or permanently disabled millions of people over the centuries, were virtually eliminated solely through widespread vaccination.

As the school year nears, parents should check with a healthcare provider to ensure that their children are up to date on vaccines, including those mentioned above and COVID-19 for ages 12 and over. Vaccines are safe and effective; they contain weakened or inactive antigens that trigger the body to create an immune response, or antibodies, that fight the disease should a person be exposed.

A child’s body responds naturally to disease by building up antibodies to fight it. But sometimes the body cannot respond quickly enough to prevent the infection from taking hold. That’s where vaccinations provide added protection. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They help prevent you from getting the virus, and if you do get it, your symptoms will be far milder than if you were not vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine works by delivering mRNA (a molecule known as ribonucleic acid messenger) right to cells, and that triggers an immune response.

In the case of COVID-19, we know that those who are vaccinated are highly unlikely to experience life-threatening complications or long-term impairment. This is particularly important as the virulent Delta variant continues to escalate hospitalizations and deaths in the unvaccinated population, including children.
Preventing, rather than treating or suffering the consequences of a serious disease, is always the best option. If you have questions about your child’s current immunization requirements or the safety of vaccines, contact your doctor.

The experienced, highly skilled family physicians at Garnet Health Doctors can help you take charge of your health, and protect your family. With nine locations and convenient hours in Sullivan and Orange counties, our trusted, compassionate providers will partner with you to maintain well-being. So don’t delay that doctor’s visit, picking up that prescription, getting that vaccine or doing the things that keep you healthy.

When you visit a Garnet Health hospital or doctor’s office, you’ll immediately experience Garnet Health’s numerous safeguards to protect you from COVID-19. This includes taking your temperature when you enter. All registration and waiting areas use social distancing. Facilities have installed plastic shielding in key areas, and patient appointments are staggered to minimize foot traffic. These steps are complemented by aggressive cleaning and sanitizing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Telehealth visits are also available. Telehealth is an easy, convenient way to talk to a doctor via a phone call or live video. This means you don’t have to leave your home – and that you can receive care from anywhere. Most insurance plans cover Telehealth, so don’t ignore symptoms or ailments that you would typically visit or call your doctor about.
To set up an in-person or Telehealth appointment, call (845) 333-7575. To learn more about primary care provided by Garnet Health Doctors, visit or call our Bethel office at (845) 333-6600, the Callicoon office at (845) 333-6800, the Goshen office at (845) 333-7200, Harris office at (845) 794-5335, the Liberty office at (845) 333-6900, our Livingston Manor office at (845) 333-6555, the Middletown office at (845) 333-7575, the Monroe office at (845) 333-7830 or the Monticello office at (845) 333-6500.

For more convenient access to Garnet Health Doctors, be sure to download the new Garnet Health app. It’s free and available via the App Store on Apple devices and Google Play for Androids. Features include access to MyChart health-information resources, including Visit Notes that summarize information provided by your physician; how to find a doctor, location or service; driving directions to our locations; the ability to schedule an appointment with Garnet Health Doctors; online bill pay; news and information; MyChart notifications and more.
About Joseph Chavez Carey, MD, FAAFP
Primary Care Medical Director Dr. Joseph Chavez Carey is Board-certified in Family Medicine. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in California. Dr. Chavez Carey sees patients of all ages – including kids – and is fluent in Spanish. He is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and was ranked as the 2018 Favorite Doc by Hudson Valley Parent.

About Alicia Olowu, DO
Dr. Olowu is Board-certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy. Dr. Olowu obtained her medical degree from the New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Old Westbury, NY. Dr. Olowu completed her residency at Garnet Health Medical Center as a third-year post-graduate resident and the Chief Family Medicine Resident.
About Garnet Health Doctors
Garnet Health Doctors is part of Garnet Health, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Garnet Health Medical Center and Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills. Garnet Health Doctors is a growing Urgent Care, Primary Care and multi-specialty, Hospital-supported medical practice. With Board-certified Physicians, Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals, we provide outpatient care to patients in Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, Pike and Sussex Counties. Appointments are available at offices in Bethel, Callicoon, Goshen, Harris, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Middletown, Monroe and Monticello. Visit

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