Immunizations Specialist

Primary Care & Family Care in Bladensburg, MD

Immunizations services offered in Bladensburg, MD

Immunizations protect you, your family, your community, and the communities you visit. At ABS Clinical Services in Bladensburg, Maryland, Khudsi Tucker, FNP-BC, and the team provide immunizations against illnesses such as the flu, hepatitis, polio, and COVID-19. To get immunizations for yourself or your family members, call ABS Clinical Services or book an appointment online today.

Immunizations Q & A

What are immunizations?

Immunization is the process of teaching your immune system to recognize and prepare to encounter specific disease-causing viruses or bacteria. Immunizations work via vaccines, which are often injectable substances that introduce an inactive or weak version of a specific pathogen to the cells in your immune system. 

There are many vaccines available that can protect you against numerous illnesses. Some of those illnesses were once a much bigger issue, and a few were once far deadlier than they are today. Thanks to immunizations, these illnesses are now rare among the population or even nearly eradicated. 

Common vaccines for children or adults include:

  • Polio
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Pneumonia
  • Tetanus
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis
  • Influenza

The team at ABS Clinical Services makes sure you stay up to date on all the immunizations you need and that your children or elderly family members do too. The majority of vaccines include two doses, but the flu vaccine is once a year. It’s different because it changes from year to year according to the most active strains of influenza. 

ABS Clinical Services also offers the vaccine for COVID-19 and provides polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing services for the infection in the office. 

Which immunizations do I need for travel?

There are multiple immunizations you may need if you plan on traveling internationally. The team makes sure you’re current on any preventive care services you need so you can go on vacation with peace of mind about your health. 

The following immunizations can protect you and others around you as you travel:

  • Typhoid 
  • Yellow fever 
  • COVID-19 

If you need a COVID-19 PCR test before travel, ABS Clinical Services can provide it.

The team also offers medications for various diseases that you can get while you're traveling as well as medical advice to prevent them. 

Are immunizations safe?

There has been some debate over whether or not immunizations are safe. The consensus among the medical community is that vaccines are not only safe for you, but getting them helps keep your acquaintances and community safe too. 

Herd immunity occurs when enough of a population gets immunized against a specific disease, making even those without the vaccine safer. That is especially important for individuals who are immunocompromised and cannot safely get a certain vaccine.  

It’s possible for some immunizations to cause symptoms, but they’re far milder than an infection of the same illness. 

To schedule an appointment and stay up-to-date on your immunizations, call ABS Clinical Services or book an appointment online today.