Shots available for influenza, pneumonia, whooping cough and shingles
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, the nation’s first and largest chain of integrative pharmacies, announced that it is now offering immunizations for influenza, whooping cough, pneumonia and shingles on a walk-in basis at all of its locations. Pharmaca pharmacists can provide the shots to any customer who requests one during open pharmacy hours.
Pharmaca will also hold Vaccination Clinics every Tuesday between 2-6pm throughout the flu season. Customers can bring their questions about immunizations and other health concerns to pharmacists and practitioners, and receive personalized advice about their health.
This new expanded offering of walk-in vaccinations helps serve a broad swath of customers with varying needs. “Immunizations can be vital to reducing the risk of serious illness from flu and whooping cough,” says Stuart Gratz, Pharmaca’s vice president of pharmacy operations. “The Centers for Disease Control have identified the populations that can benefit most from certain immunizations, and we’re happy to be able to serve those needs.”
Following are the CDC’s recommendations:
Flu: Because different formulations of flu vaccines are developed each year — and everyone is at risk for getting the flu—the CDC recommends flu shots as soon as the new vaccine is available. The CDC especially recommends vaccination for those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease; pregnant women; people 65 and older; or people who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications. (Pharmaca also offers preservative-free flu vaccinations, on request.)
Whooping cough: Incidences of this infection have dramatically increased across the country in the last two years, and in California, state law now requires that middle and high-school students be vaccinated before entering school. Risk of death is highest in infants and small children, so these age groups, adults who come into contact with them and pregnant women are encouraged to stay up to date on their whooping cough/pertussis vaccinations. The CDC even recommends that teens and
adults who were completely vaccinated as children have the Tdap booster vaccination.
Shingles: Zostavax immunizations can successfully combat this virus, which affects an estimated 1 million people each year. Shingles is a painful, contagious rash that shows up as a recurrence of the chickenpox virus. As we age, our immunity against the virus diminishes, so the CDC recommends a shingles vaccination for anyone over the age of 60.
“By offering these vaccinations at any time, we’re serving the needs of customers who feel that immunization is the best option for them—and making it most convenient for them,” says Gratz. Pharmaca has made the process even simpler by making Patient Intake Forms available for download on their website. Patients can save time by filling them out ahead of time and bringing them with them when they request an immunization.
For more information, visit pharmaca.com/immunizations.aspx.
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