We are proud to offer Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Therapy for those with COVID-19.
To schedule an appointment,
please have your provider call 707-252-9666.
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What is Monoclonal Antibody Infusion?
Monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy, also called monoclonal antibody infusion treatment, is a way of treating COVID-19. The goal of this therapy is to help prevent hospitalizations, reduce viral loads and lessen symptom severity.
This type of therapy relies on monoclonal antibodies. These are antibodies that are similar to the ones your body would naturally make in response to infection. However, monoclonal antibodies are mass-produced in a laboratory and are designed to recognize a specific component of this virus — the spike protein on its outer shell.
By targeting the spike protein, these specific antibodies interfere with the virus’ ability to attach and gain entry into human cells. They give the immune system a leg up until it can mount its own response.
Who can get the infusion?
Monoclonal antibody treatment is available to individuals who:
- Are high risk** for developing severe COVID-19 and
- Have a positive COVID-19 test and have not yet been admitted to the hospital and
- Are 12 years of age or older (and at least 88 pounds)
How is Monclonal Therapy administered?
Monoclonal antibody therapy is given through intravenous (IV) infusion. These infusions are given in our outpatient infusion centers in Napa and require about an hour to administer, followed by an hour of observation and monitoring.
One possible side effect of monoclonal antibody therapy is an allergic reaction. These reactions typically only occur during infusion or soon after, and your care team will closely monitor for any signs of an allergic reaction. However, because an infusion reaction can also be delayed, contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following signs of an allergic reaction:
- Fever and/or chills
- Shortness of breath
- Low blood pressure
- Swelling of lips, face or throat
- Muscle aches
- Hives or itchiness