Protect yourself and those unable to receive the vaccine against the influenza virus. The flu is one of the few pathogens in history that has managed to reach pandemic proportions killing an estimated 50-100 million people in 1918 and 1919. Help prevent history from repeating itself.
Pneumococcal disease is the number one vaccine preventable causes of hospitalization in individuals over the age of 65. Lower your risk of hospitalization by receiving the Prevnar 20® vaccine after the age of 65. Certain individuals with additional risk factors that lower their immune response may receive pneumococcal vaccinations before the age of 65. Adults that have increased risk for pneumonia and may benefit from the pneumonia vaccines are those with:
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There are several vaccines that are available to prevent more serious complications of SARS-CoV-2 and lower the risk of spreading the virus. We may carry only one or two choices based on demand, please call us with questions.
SARS-CoV-2 A highly contagious and serious infection that can lead to hospitalization, a long term inflammatory syndrome, or death. It is recommended that anyone that meets eligibility criteria receive a vaccine to protect against COVID-19 which can develop after exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
BoostersBoosters are used to expose your immune system to the vaccine again, which allows for an increase in the number of antibodies produced. Antibodies assist in binding to foreign materials such as viruses and allows for a more rapid and robust immune response. As the virus continues to mutate into new strains, with new and modified surface proteins on the virus, the ability of the antibodies to bond to the virus lessens. Due to these developments additional doses of vaccine are needed to increase the number of antibodies that may bind to the virus.
InterchangeabilityEvidence shows that these vaccines can be interchanged for boosters and that some patients may benefit a switch between different COVID 19 vaccinations.
AvailabilityAs COVID becomes an endemic transmissible disease, recommendations and seasonality for vaccination may shift. Please call for availability or check vaccines.gov. Prevention strategies for vaccination may continue to change as new evidence is utilized and more information will be added here following the publication of further guidance. For up to date information please refer to the CDC website.
Tdap is a vaccine that contains the components to offer immunity to 3 separate bacteria. Leading to fewer shots overall.
Pertussis or Whooping CoughA highly contagious and serious infection that can lead to developmental issues, hospitalization, or death in newborns and infants. It is recommended that pregnant women and immediate family members be vaccinated in order to protect infants too young to be immunized themselves. If you will be visiting a newborn or infant it is recommended to be vaccinated 2 weeks prior to visiting.
Tetanus or Lock Jaw Is a bacterial infection from a wound that pierces the skin. This often can occur when doing outdoor activates of home repair and cleaning. Prevent muscle pain and potential death.
Diphtheria A serious upper respiratory infection that can be fatal. Most may recognize it as the disease that Balto carried the treatment for to Nenana, Alaska in 1925 to save children and other infected individuals.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that can cause severe infections in young children and adults over the age of 65. Frequently RSV will present with cold and flu like symptoms, but in patients with increased risk factors sometimes this can result in a more serious infection that may result in hospitalization. RSV vaccines can lower the risk of more serious infections and reduce transmission of the virus to others. Arexvy® is available at Wood River Pharmacy for those over the age of 60. Certain individuals with additional risk factors that lower their immune response would be recommended to receive the RSV vaccine, and these risk factors include:
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Shingles is a painful viral infection that can occur in individuals that have contracted chickenpox previously in their life. The shingles vaccine can help to significantly reduce the risk of the occurrence of shingles even if you have had a prior episode.
Shingrix® The new Shingrix® vaccine, that was introduced to the market in 2018, and results in an increased resistance compared to the previous Zostavax®. Shingrix is delivered as a 2 series vaccine meaning you get 2 shots within a set time period in order to achieve maximum effectiveness. If you have previously received the shingles vaccine or had shingles, Shingrix® will confer better resistance to prevent or minimize future outbreaks or occurrences.