Immunizations help protect adults against disease, disability and death. Each year in the United States, as many as 70,000 adults die from vaccine-preventable diseases or their complications.
Our Pharmacists have the special skills needed to administer vaccines and help improve the quality of life for many patients… and they’re easily accessible to the public!*
This annual vaccination, offered each fall, reduces your likelihood of becoming ill with the flu. The vaccine is recommended for everyone ages six months and older. People at high risk for flu complications include: anyone ages 50 or older, pregnant women (any trimester), those suffering from heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, kidney problems or with a weakened immune system, caregivers or those who have household contact with children less than six months old.
Fluzone® HD is designed to provide better protection against the flu for people ages 65 and older. This vaccine protects against the same flu viruses as the regular flu shot, but contains more antigens for a stronger immune response from your body. As you get older, your body’s immune system weakens and its ability to build up a strong response with immunization decreases.
This influenza vaccine is administered through a mist into your nose. The vaccine is available for healthy people ages 2 to 49 who are not pregnant. Certain people should not get this vaccine, so ask your Pharmacist if FluMist® is right for you.
This one-time vaccination drastically decreases your risk of pneumococcal disease, which causes bacterial meningitis and pneumonia. All adults 65 years and older should receive this vaccination, as well as those ages 2 to 64 who suffer from chronic illness such as diabetes, cardiac disease, renal failure or pulmonary disease. If you have a weakened immune system, you may also be at high risk for a fatal pneumococcal infection. Certain people may need to be revaccinated five years after their first dose; check with your Pharmacist for details.
This vaccine should be received by all adolescents and adults, protecting you against tetanus and diphtheria infections for ten years. Scrapes from gardening tools, splinters from home renovations, animal bites, body piercings, tattoos and post-surgical wounds can all lead to tetanus. Diphtheria is still a public health problem in 87 countries, and the bacteria may still circulate in some parts of the United States and Canada. If it has been ten years since your last Td shot, it is time to repeat this vaccination!
Pertussis, better known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory system that causes spasms of severe coughing. While anyone can get whooping cough, young children and infants are at the highest risk for complications, which can result in hospitalization and even death. Immunity from childhood vaccination generally wears off after five to ten years, leaving adolescents and adults susceptible to this highly contagious disease. The current recommendation is a one-time Tdap vaccination for everyone ages 11 to 64, providing protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. People 65 years and older should get a Tdap vaccination if they will be in close contact with an infant.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Hepatitis B infects 140,000 to 320,000 people each year. Your risk of infection can be drastically decreased by this three-dose vaccination series (three doses are required to be effective) which are given over the course of six months. Adolescents and young adults should receive this series, as should some health care workers and public-safety workers who are exposed to blood or other potentially infectious body fluids. People with certain medical conditions also should receive this vaccination. See your Pharmacist for specific details.
Hepatitis A Vaccine
This two-dose vaccination is recommended for people with certain medical conditions including chronic liver disease, and those travelling outside of the United States to certain countries. After the first dose is given, a second dose is required 6 to 18 months later. See your Pharmacist for specific details.
This vaccination is for anyone over the age of two who is at risk for a meningitis infection. Vaccination is recommended for all first-year college students living in dormitories, people with anatomic or functional asplenia, military recruits during basic training and travelers to the "meningitis belt" of Africa and Asia. There are currently three vaccines available to protect against meningococcal disease. Check with your Pharmacist to see which vaccine is right for you.
Shingles is a virus that causes a painful skin rash with blisters, usually appearing on one side of the face or body. Occasionally, severe cases may involve the eyes and affect vision. While shingles is usually resolved after two to four weeks, there is a chance of developing complications that include postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), causing intense pain that can last for years after the rash has resolved. Because shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox, once you have had chickenpox the virus can live but remain inactive in your body for many years. Age and problems with your immune system may increase your risk of getting shingles. The current recommendation is that everyone ages 50 and older receives a shingles vaccine. The preferred vaccine is a two-dose series (doses are given 2-6 months apart).
HPV is a common virus. In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 20 million people in the United States had this virus. The HPV vaccine helps prevent cervical cancers in females and genital warts in both males and females. Given in three doses over six months, the current recommendation is that all females ages 11 to 26 be vaccinated. Males ages 9 to 26 can receive the vaccination to reduce the likelihood of developing genital warts. The HPV vaccine will not treat cervical cancer or genital warts, and cannot protect against diseases caused by other types of HPV. Speak with your Pharmacist to help gain a better understanding.
If you're not sure which immunizations you've already had or which immunizations you may need, call your Pharmacist. Some immunizations require a prescription; your Pharmacist can contact your health care provider if necessary. Pharmacy vaccinations are covered by several insurance plans.
*Age restrictions apply. Check with your Pharmacist for specific details.