Each year the flu vaccine changes because there are new strains that develop. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “changes in the 2012 recommendations reflect research that shows the best way to protect you and young, vulnerable children around you.” People who don’t vaccinate are most at risk for an outbreak. In some cases, many who are affected lose time from work, school, or other important everyday life responsibilities. That’s why it’s best to protect yourself with a flu shot to stay healthy.
At Webster’s Community Pharmacy the flu shot and other vaccines are now available. Visit the Rx to learn more about how you can safeguard from unwanted illnesses this season. Vaccines are not simply for children only; adults are also encouraged to keep up with important vaccines…
- All adults 65 years of age and older.
- Anyone 2 through 64 years of age who has a long-term health problem such as: heart disease, lung disease, sickle cell disease, diabetes, alcoholism, cirrhosis, leaks of cerebrospinal fluid or cochlear implant.
- Any adult 19 through 64 years of age who is a smoker or has asthma.
- Residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine
The FDA recently approved the use of zoster vaccine in those 50 years old; however, CDC continues to recommend that vaccination for shingles begin at age 60.
Tdap and Td Vaccine
- The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine is now recommended for women in the third or late second trimester (20th week or more) of their pregnancy.
- Tdap is recommended for all those who are close contacts of infants younger than 12 months of age – for example, parents, guardians, grandparents, babysitters, nannies, teachers, and those who have not previously received the Tdap vaccine.
- Other adults, who are not close contacts of children younger than 12 months of age, are still recommended to receive a one-time dose of the Tdap vaccine. After your initial dose of Tdap, you’ll need the Td booster every 10 years. But you don’t need to wait to get the Tdap vaccine if you have recently been vaccinated with the Td booster.
The friendly pharmacists at Webster’s Community are happy to be on your team of defense!