As a child my mother always used to say “the best-immunologist-in-sydney specialist is the one who helps you not only look good but also feel good”. Looking back at that statement, it’s funny how it’s connected with feeling good. Looking good for having a disease that nobody in their right minds wants to get is a sure fire way to feel miserable. Although some diseases look and act terrible, they are very common and almost everybody gets them or experiences them once in their lifetime.
When I was a kid, we didn’t have the internet or other forms of communication and there were very few doctors that looked after children. My mother used to work from home so she could be there when her child needed her. She would make appointments for immunizations, write up notes, call parents when appointments had already been made, and keep track of appointments with other physicians. It’s a lot to do and a lot of hard work, but my mother always put that energy and care into her work and into her children.
Looking back now, even though my kids are older and school aged, I still go to the doctor to get their immunizations. They’re very important to my kids because they help them feel good and prevent them from getting sick in the first place. At times when I can’t be there for the shots, I still call their offices and they still send someone over. Having that personal connection with doctors who really listen to their patients and are committed to giving them the care they deserve makes me feel good about myself and my job as well. It’s like the specialist knows what’s going on with my family and with my kids, and it shows in the way they handle different situations.
Now that I’ve worked in an office that doesn’t use a vaccine schedule to keep everybody up to date, I look at immunizations and immunizer packages a little differently. My job has been to try to find the best immunization provider for each patient that comes through my door. That means I’ve spent more time than I would like to admit working directly with pharmacists and physicians, only recently have I started to get into the medical field myself. That was a humbling experience. Although some people might think a background in another field automatically qualifies you for the best immunization specialist position, this isn’t the case.
To become an immunologist specialist, you have to get your master’s degree, have completed your medical residency, and pass the ACGAS (American College of Gastroenterology and Nutrition) exam. You will also need to pass written and oral exams before becoming licensed. After you have completed these requirements, you will need to sit for the ACGAS immunization safety audit. This is a thorough review of your professional credentials that ensures that your work as an immunizer specialist meets or exceeds the standards set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All of these requirements will ensure that you are thoroughly prepared to begin offering immunizations to patients.
One other thing to remember is that immunizations can be given as either annual or vaccination shots. There is a specific immunization schedule for each year so it is very important to understand immunization schedules if you plan to be a full-time immunization specialist. The number of years of education that you need to complete is going to be dictated by state law, but most medical schools and colleges will allow you to finish your education up to four years. While there are other factors to consider when looking for medical careers, medical school is one of the most important things to do if you want to work in this field.