Immunization Services in Alameda, CA
Urgent Care and Walk-In Clinic is Located Near You at 2421 Encinal Ave., Suite A, Alameda, CA 94501. Make an Appointment or Simply Walk-In, To Been Seen by One of Our Doctors. Call (510) 241-4043 for More Information.
The best way to keep yourself healthy is not to get sick in the first place. Immunizations help your body fight off potentially deadly diseases. The Urgent Care Center of Alameda carries many vaccines that will help your body stay healthy. We carry the vaccines you’ll need to protect yourself while traveling overseas as well as the immunizations required for your children to attend school. Our board-certified doctors will have you in and out as quick as possible at our state of the art urgent care center. While no appointment is required, we do ask you to bring your immunization records with you when visiting. We’ll forward the information of what vaccines you’ve received to your primary care physician to update their records at your request.
How do vaccines work?
When your immune system encounters a disease, it learns how to fight it by producing antibodies. That’s why when you get sick, you eventually get better over time. However, these antibodies are only produced when your immune system thinks you are sick. A vaccine tricks your body until producing these antibodies without actually becoming infected with the disease. Vaccines for some debilitating and deadly diseases have been researched and created to help protect you and the population.
How long to vaccines last?
That depends on the disease. Some vaccines last for years with a single shot. The flu vaccine however usually has to be received every year because the flu virus is continually changing.
Which vaccines are recommended? Why should I get them?
Getting a vaccine not only protects you but protects others whose immune systems are not strong enough to handle the vaccine. If enough people in a population is vaccinated against a disease, then it is very hard for that disease to infect anyone, including those with weak immune systems. The Department of Health recommends vaccines for:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A
- Pneumococcal Conjugate
- Influenza (Yearly)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (MMR)
- Pneumococcal Polysaccharide
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever (Back ordered until end of the year)
- Zostervax (Shingles)
When and how much of these vaccines you receive depends on your age, past vaccination history, and current health. We keep all of the vaccines on-site and can have additional vaccines available within days upon request.
Immunization isn’t just limited for those staying in the United States. If you are traveling overseas, please stop by our Urgent Care Center and consult with one of our doctors about your trip. We’ll check the latest CDC guidance and make sure your immune system is ready for overseas travel. If needed, we can provide vaccinations for your foreign trip including immunization for Yellow Fever, Typhoid Fever and Rabies. While we can accommodate last minute travelers, we do suggest you visit us four to eight weeks in advance of your travel arrangements. This additional time will allow any vaccines to take hold and be more effective.
Despite what you may read on fringe websites, vaccines are very safe for the majority of the population. Don’t risk your health and get protected from some very serious diseases both at home and abroad. Questions about vaccines or the vaccines we carry? Call our friendly staff at (510) 241-4043, and we’ll do our best to answer all of your questions. We can order any vaccine quickly if we do not currently have it in stock.