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.
Fluzone® High-Dose (HD) Vaccine
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.
PneumoVax-23 and Prevnar-20 Vaccines
These vaccinations decrease your risk of pneumococcal disease. All adults 65 years and older should receive Prevnar-20. If you are immunocompromised you should also receive the PneumoVax-23 vaccine 1 year after your Prevnar-20 vaccine. For adults ages 19-64, who have a chronic condition, smoker, heart disease, liver disease, lung disease, diabetes or alcoholism, should receive the Prevnar-20 vaccine. See your Pharmacist for specific details.
Tetanus and Diphtheria Vaccine (Td)
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. If it has been ten years since your last Td shot, it is time to repeat this vaccination!
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine (Gardasil 9)
HPV is a common virus. GARDASIL® 9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) helps protect individuals ages 9 to 45 against the following diseases caused by 9 types of HPV: cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females, anal cancer and genital warts in both males and females. GARDASIL 9 is a shot that is usually given in the arm muscle. GARDASIL 9 may be given as 2 or 3 shots.
For persons 9 through 14 years of age, GARDASIL 9 can be given using a 2-dose or 3-dose schedule. For the 2-dose schedule, the second shot should be given 6-12 months after the first shot. If the second shot is given less than 5 months after the first shot, a third shot should be given at least 4 months after the second shot. For the 3-dose schedule, the second shot should be given 2 months after the first shot and the third shot should be given 6 months after the first shot.
For persons 15 through 45 years of age, GARDASIL 9 is given using a 3- dose schedule; the second shot should be given 2 months after the first shot and the third shot should be given 6 months after the first shot.
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
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.
Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR)
Adults born in 1957 or later should receive 1 or 2 doses depending on indication.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
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.
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, it 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 receive two doses of Shingrix. The second dose is given 3-6 months after the first.
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.