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For your safety, our Pharmacists are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and will be screening you for a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms prior to your vaccination. Check in with our Pharmacy Team for our new screening and immunization procedures.

Before getting your vaccine, you need to FILL OUT A SCREENING FORM. If you’ve already filled one out, please give it to the Pharmacist. If not, just ask the Pharmacist and they’ll give you a form.

 

Immunizations​

Are you up to date on your immunizations? Our Pharmacists are certified immunizers and can provide personalized immunization recommendations for you. Immunizations are covered by most insurance plans. Walk-ins welcome, no appointment needed.

Flu
Recommended to be given every year. There are several flu vaccines available, including quadrivalent, high-dose for seniors and thimerosal-free for pregnant woman. 

Shingles
We now offer Shingrix, the shingles vaccine recommended for adults 50 years of age and older. Ask our Pharmacist for more information. 

Pneumonia
Recommended for adults 65 years of age and older, and those younger if they have certain conditions such as asthma or diabetes. Patients 65 years of age and older may need two vaccinations. 

Pertussis
Recommended for adults 18 years of age or older, and for women in their 3rd trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine also provides protection against tetanus and diphtheria. 

Meningitis
Recommended for adults 18 years of age or older that are first time college students living in a residency hall.

Other vaccinations may be available at your local Pharmacy.

Where available. Must be at least 9 years of age to receive flu vaccine in MA, NY, and PA, and at least 18 years of age to receive flu vaccine in CT, NH, and VT pharmacies. Must be at least 18 years old to receive non-flu immunizations at all pharmacies. Ask Pharmacist if your Medicare or insurance plan is accepted. Please see Pharmacist for complete details.

Vaccine FAQ During Covid-19

Written by Victoria Primett, Pharmacy Intern

Many people have been wondering if it is safe to get vaccines during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided guidance to help patients and healthcare professionals on the appropriate actions to take. Current recommendations include the continuation of all routine vaccinations. It is important to not delay these immunizations because it reduces the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.1 Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are taking extra measures to ensure both the patient’s and their own safety during the vaccine administration process. Pharmacists will disinfect the area prior to entering the vaccination area, practice good handwashing technique, wear gloves and a protective mask.2 The time of year when flu vaccines will be available is rapidly approaching. It will be essential for people to get the flu vaccine to protect the more vulnerable populations such as people with respiratory illnesses, the elderly, children and pregnant women.1 If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your doctor’s office or your local pharmacy!

A: You can get routine vaccines at your doctor’s office or at your local pharmacy! Market 32/Price Chopper pharmacies have taken measures to ensure safety of both the pharmacist and the patient during vaccine administration. Pharmacists will follow proper disinfection protocols before bringing the patient  to the immunization area. Pharmacists will also be wearing personal protective equipment while administering the vaccine.2

A: There is a screening form available on our website that can be printed ahead of time, this helps reduce the time needed to fill out forms before the administration of the vaccine. This form is a new standard that asks screening questions about Covid-19 and can be filled out prior to your visit to the pharmacy! The form can be found using this link.3 https://www.pricechopper.com/pharmacy/immunizations/

A: Yes! According to the CDC, it is important to reduce the burden of respiratory illnesses. It is important to get the flu vaccine because it helps protect more high-risk patients such as the elderly, children, and people with multiple health conditions especially, people with respiratory conditions.1

A: The CDC recommends the administration of all routine vaccines because it is essential to provide protection from these preventable diseases.1

A: Yes! The CDC recommends all routine vaccinations to be resumed. The Shingrix immunization is a series of two vaccines. It is recommended that patient’s get their second dose administered 60-180 days after the first dose is administered.4

A: At our pharmacies you will have to complete a Covid-19 screening form prior to receiving an immunization. The pharmacist will disinfect the immunization area prior to you entering, the pharmacist will also practice handwashing, wear gloves and a  mask while administering the vaccine. You will be asked to wear a mask as well.

 

Sources:
  1. Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic. (2020, June 09). Retrieved July 27, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pandemic-guidance/index.html
  2. Guidance for Pharmacies. (2020, June 28). Retrieved July 31, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/pharmacies.html
  3. Immunizations​ and Flu Shots. (2020, June 30). Retrieved July 31, 2020, from https://www.pricechopper.com/pharmacy/immunizations/
  4. Shingles Vaccine. (2018, July). Retrieved July 31, 2020, from https://www.shingrix.com/index.html?cc=ps_SQST467SUP420270

Vaccine Recommendations for Patients 65+

Written by Julianna Lombardo, Pharmacy Intern   

As you enter this new stage of life, it is vital to get vaccinated to help ensure you optimize your health and wellness. Your risk of certain diseases increases as you get older. Some of these diseases can be prevented by visiting your local Price Chopper/Market 32 Pharmacy to get vaccinated.

Influenza Vaccines 

Typically, flu season doesn’t begin until October and peaks between December and February in the United States. Due to COVID- 19, this year is predicted to be different. Mark Thompson, an epidemiologist in the Influenza Division at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says, “No year is a good year to get the flu, but this year- with COVID -19 also raging- it’s especially bad.”1

Getting your flu vaccine has been important since you were over the age of 6 months, but it is especially crucial now that you are 65 years old and with the current global pandemic.2 The flu can be very serious if older adults contract the virus. According to the CDC, it is estimated between 70% and 85% of season flu related deaths have occurred yearly in patients 65 years and older.3 Luckily, there is a highly effective way to prevent contracting the flu virus in older adults! Fluzone High Dose® helps your body generate a stronger immune response. Studies have shown that the Fluzone High Dose® vaccine is 24% more effective in patients 65 years and older compared to getting to the standard strength flu vaccine.3

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Vaccine

This three in one vaccine protects patients from tetanus (a bacteria found in soil, dust, and rusty nails), diphtheria (a bacteria causing an infection), and pertussis (whooping cough). This vaccine is recommended to patients every ten years to prevent harm to the body. There are many different variations of this vaccine. All the vaccines protect against diphtheria and tetanus, and some have a component for whooping cough. The whooping cough component is important if you are around grandchildren.4 These vaccines are highly effective, but protection decreases over time, so a booster vaccine of Td or Tdap is recommended every ten years.4

Pneumococcal Vaccines

Older adults are at greatest risk of illness and death from pneumococcal disease. The pneumococcal vaccines protect patients not only against pneumonia but also ear infections, sinus infections, infection of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord, as well as infections of the bloodstream.5 Pneumovax 23® and Prevnar 13® are the two pneumococcal vaccines available.

If you are under the age of 65 and have medical conditions such as chronic heart, lung, or liver disease, diabetes, alcoholism, or you are a cigarette smoker, Pneumovax 23® is recommended between the ages of 19 and 64 because you are at an increased risk of pneumococcal disease.6 Once you turn 65 years old, Prevnar 13® is recommended to increase your protection against pneumococcal disease. One year after getting the Prevnar 13® vaccination, it is recommended to the second pneumococcal vaccine, Pneumovax 23®.6 You will then be fully protected against pneumococcal disease.

 If you are otherwise healthy, with none of the mentioned long-term health conditions, it is recommended to get need Pneumovax 23® upon turning 65 years old and you will not need another dose of a pneumococcal vaccine.6

Studies show the Prevnar 13® vaccine protects between 50 to 85 in 100 adults against pneumococcal disease. In a study in the Netherlands that included 85,000 adults 65 years and older, 3 in 4 of those patients vaccinated with Pneumovax 23® were protected against pneumococcal disease7

Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is a painful rash that appears on one side of the body and causes intense pain and burning. This pain can be long-lasting and impact your daily life even after the rash has resolved.8

Shingrix is the new two dose shingles vaccine given two to six months apart that has shown to be 97% effective against the shingles virus.9 This vaccine is recommended to those over the age of 50, already received the old shingles vaccine, Zostavax, or if you are unsure if you had chickenpox in the past.

At Price Chopper/ Market 32 Pharmacy, it is our priority to keep all our patients happy and healthy! As you have hit this new milestone in life, talk to your local Price Chopper/ Market 32 Pharmacist to get more information about the vaccines that are recommended for you today!

 

 

Sources:
  1. Kritz, R. “2020 Flu Shot Strategy: Get Yours Early In The Season.” NPR. 4 August 2020. Accessed 5 August 2020. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/08/04/897696326/2020-flu-shot-strategy-get-yours-early-in-the-season
  2. “Who Needs a Flu Vaccine and When.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Revised 11 October 2019. Accessed 23 July 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccinations.htm
  3. “Fluzone High-Dose Seasonal Influenza Vaccine.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Revised 6 September 2019. Accessed 5 August 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/qa_fluzone.htm
  4. “Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Whooping Cough Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Revised 22 January 2020. Accessed 23 July 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/dtap-tdap-td/public/index.html
  5. “Types of Infection.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Revised 6 September 2017. Accessed 8 August 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/about/infection-types.html
  6. “Pneumococcal Vaccination: Summary of Who and When to Vaccinate.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Revised 21 November 2019. Accessed 5 August 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/pneumo/hcp/recommendations.html
  7. “Pneumococcal Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Revised 21 November 2019. Accessed 23 July 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/pneumo/public/index.html
  8. “Shingles Vaccination.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Revised 25 January 2018. Accessed 23 July 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/shingrix/index.html
  9. “What Everyone Should Know About Shingles Vaccine.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Revised 31 May 2018. Accessed 23 July 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/index.html

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