A HEALTHY YOU starts with adult immunizations. Just because you received all of your vaccinations as a child, doesn’t mean you are set for life. The protection that these immunizations gives you wanes over time and there are a few new ones adults should consider too. Stop by our pharmacies during regular business hours to receive your immunizations. No appointment is necessary, but be sure to bring your red, white and blue Medicare card and/or other applicable insurance information for proper billing.
Seasonal Influenza Vaccine or Flu Shot
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions, such as asthma, chronic lung problems, diabetes, and heart disease, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Available at the pharmacy for adults 18 and over. Find all of the flu shot facts at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/. The flu shot is covered annually at 100% for those with Medicare. >> Download the CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) on Influenza (Acrobat PDF)
Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax)
Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the U.S. will develop shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body in a dormant (inactive) state. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later, causing shingles, a painful condition that results in serious rashes and blistering. The risk of disease increases as a person gets older, so if you are 60 or older or suffer from leukemia, lymphoma or HIV, it is recommended that you get vaccinated against shingles. Find all of the facts about shingles at http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/. Most Medicare Part D plans cover the shingles vaccine. Copayments vary by plan. >> Download the CDC VIS for Shingles (Acrobat PDF)
Pneumonia Vaccine (Pneumococcal)
Pneumococcal vaccine protects against bacteria that cause pneumonia. Patients with certain conditions such as HIV infection, organ transplantation, leukemia, lymphoma, COPD, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, severe kidney disease or weakened immune system are more susceptible to catching pneumonia If you are over 65 and have a chronic illness, you should discuss with your health care provider about getting the pneumonia immunization. Find all of the facts about pneumonia at http://www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/. >> Download the CDC VIS for Pneumonia (Acrobat PDF)