Be well protected.
At Eldahmy Wellness Pharmacy’s Immunization Clinic, we’ll shield you and your loved ones with our recommended vaccines.
What Is Immunization?
Vaccines are typically administered by doctors and nurses. They’re specially formulated substances that help your immune system produce antibodies. This is possible because the vaccine contains a minute amount (inactive form) of the disease (this won’t harm you). Your body develops antibodies by learning to fight this pathogen. It builds up a wall of defense against the future occurrence of this disease. The entire process of your immune system getting exposed to the vaccination is referred to as immunization.
At our immunization clinic, we provide pharmacist-administered immunization and vaccination services. Our immunization schedule covers many viruses and common diseases in San Diego such as:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- DTaP (patients under age 7)
- Tdap (patients over age 7)
- and many more!
Our immunization clinic schedule covers some of the most contagious diseases in our society. These can be easily contracted from another infected person. By getting yourself immunized, you will strengthen your immune system and protect it from numerous viruses, diseases, and airborne agents.
Why visit Eldahmy Wellness Clinic’s Immunization Clinic?
We endeavor to improve our clinic’s practice efficiency in managing vaccines and increasing San Diego County’s immunization rates by:
1) Keeping staff updated on current recommendations
We post the official CDC U.S. immunization schedule in our clinic. We also share updates on immunization issues and vaccines from local and state health departments, government agencies, and the Immunization Action Coalition.
2) Maintaining an up-to-date and complete set of patient records
Our immunization clinic participates in the local/state/regional immunization registry. We maintain a thorough immunization record. Each time a patient visits the clinic, we record pertinent information related to vaccination dates, documentation, etc. In case a vaccine wasn’t administered, the reasons are documented.
3) Protecting and maintaining our vaccine supply
We’ve designated a vaccine coordinator to oversee the handling and storage of all the vaccines. Each staff member has received handling and storage training. We also follow the CDC’s guidance for vaccine handling and storage.
4) Maintaining best practices in vaccination administration.
Whenever a patient visits our immunization clinic, we discuss all the risks and benefits of the vaccine in question. In addition, we adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines for the preparation and administration of the vaccine, including approaches to prevent administrative errors from the CDC’s Pink Book.
5) Avoiding “missed opportunities” for vaccination
Before a patient visits our clinic, we review their immunization record. We also check the immunization status of their family members to ensure they’re not behind on their vaccinations.
6) Improving patients’ access to our immunization clinic services
Our vaccination services are scheduled during regular working hours. In case a patient misses his or her appointment, we will reschedule as quickly as possible.
7) Communicating with patients
Our patients receive reminders before the actual date of the appointment. We also provide information and resources about the vaccine including what to expect, side effects, how to treat the pain at the injection site, etc.
8) Improve and evaluate our clinic’s performance.
It’s important for us to continue to serve our community in the best possible way. We’re constantly assessing and refining our services.
What Do You Need To Know About Immunizations In San Diego?
At Eldahmy Wellness Pharmacy, we provide many types of vaccines. Each vaccination offers immunity towards a different type of illness. You’re not required to get several vaccinations; only the ones that will boost your immunity against diseases that you’re highly at risk of contracting.
There are four main categories of vaccines. These are:
- Live-attenuated vaccines
- Toxoid vaccines
- Inactivated vaccines
- Conjugate, polysaccharide, recombinant, and subunit vaccines
- Each version is manufactured to teach the immune system how to combat specific types of germs.
These are live vaccines that are a weak form of the disease-causing germ. This category of vaccines is akin to the natural form of the infection. As a result, they have a long-lasting and durable immune response. In fact, with just 2 doses of a live-attenuated vaccine, you may gain a lifetime of protection from diseases.
Some common examples of live-attenuated vaccines are:
- MMR or measles, mumps, rubella
- Yellow fever
This type of vaccine relies on a toxin made by the disease-causing germ. The vaccine helps your body build its immunity towards parts of the germs that are responsible for the disease, i.e. the toxin and not the whole germ. With toxoid vaccines, you may require booster shots for ongoing protection.
Common examples of toxoid vaccinations include:
This uses a killed form of the disease-causing germ. Inactivated vaccines don’t offer immunity protection as robust as a live vaccine. You will require several booster shots over time for ongoing immunity.
Inactivated vaccinations protect us against:
- Hepatitis A
- Subunit, Polysaccharide, Conjugate, and Recombinant Vaccines
Specific parts of the germ such as its capsid, protein, or sugar are used to create the vaccine. Since these vaccines use a specific part of the germ, they provide a resilient immune response aimed at key areas of the germ. This type of vaccine may be used by anyone including those with long-term health issues or weakened immune systems. However, booster shots are required for continued protection.
Examples of these vaccines include:
- Pneumococcal disease
- Hepatitis B
- Whooping cough
If you’re unsure about which vaccinations you need, just speak to our pharmacist. Many common vaccinations are sheltered by insurance. In case you’re unsure, we can find out on your behalf. Eldahmy Wellness Pharmacy is in-network with several insurance companies; helping make immunizations more convenient and affordable.
Our immunization clinic provides a wide range of vaccinations against many viruses and conditions. Whether you need to be immunized for work, back-to-school, or for travel, we’ve got you covered!
For a comprehensive list of vaccinations offered at our immunization clinic, get in touch with us at Eldahmy Wellness Pharmacy. We welcome scheduled appointments, and walk-ins.