Our vaccination program is becoming very successful. We have been giving the flu vaccine for three years and this past flu season the number of customers receiving the influenza vaccination at our store increased by 50 percent from the previous year. Each week we have customers coming in for the Shingles vaccinations and we would like to expand our services to include all recommended vaccinations for adults.
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified vaccination as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century in the United States."
The Shingles (Zostavax) vaccination is covered under Medicare D plans, in varying copay stuctures. It is recommended for every adult over the age of 50 by the FDA and 60 and over by the CDC. This is a lifetime vaccination, which means you only receive it once. "The same virus that causes chickenpox also causes Shingles. And if you've ever had chickenpox, like 98% of adults in the United States, this virus never leaves your body. Instead, it stays in your nervous system. With each passing decade, there's a greater chance the virus will emerge as Shingles - a blistering rash that may bring deep, penetrating pain. Unlike chickenpox, Shingles is painful and can lead to long-term nerve pain. For more info visit shinglesinfo.com " (info from Merck & Co., Inc).
We would like to increase the number of Pneumonia vaccines we administer at Granby Pharmacy. This vaccine is covered by Medicare B, which we can bill for and is recommended for people 65 years of age or older, or anyone 2-64 years of age with any of the following health problems, chronic heart disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes or immuno-compromised. (We can only administer any vaccines to adults 18 years or older.) A Pneumococcal infection can cause different types of disease, including
Pneumonia: Infection in the lungs
Meningitis: Infection in the lining of the brain
Bacteremia: Infection in the blood
"Pneumococcal disease is caused by common bacteria. Many adults carry these bacteria in their nose and throat. In some cases, they may multiply and travel throughout your body, causing infections that can make you very sick." (Merck & Co., Inc)
Talk to your physician or pharmacist about more information on these vaccines. Pharmacists are now approved to administer all adult vaccinations. So please give us a call to find out more about other vaccines.