Protect Yourself With A Flu Shot

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…

Pneumococcal Vaccination 

  • 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!

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Arm Yourself This Season With A Flu Shot

The flu vaccine is now available at Webster’s Community Pharmacy. Stop by the pharmacy or give us call for information on how you can get the flu vaccine this season.

Vaccination is highly recommended to prevent a serious outbreak of the flu. Per the Los Angeles Times article by Roan, “Yearly vaccination is required even among people who got immunized last year and even though the strains targeted by the vaccine are the same. The effectiveness of the vaccine eventually wanes over the course of a year. However,  people who are vaccinated now will still be protected through the first half of 2012. Flu season typically peaks in January or February.” Statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC makes every effort to make certain that “The influenza (flu) viruses selected for inclusion in the seasonal flu vaccines are updated each year based information about which influenza virus strains are identified, how they are spreading, and how well current vaccine strains protect against newly identified strains.” Since the flu is a virus that is ever evolving it’s prudent to keep up to date with yearly vaccinations.

 5 Health Tips To Fight Off the Flu

Wash hands often – One of the simplest ways to keep you from getting sick this season is to keep your hands clean. Wash your hands after you sneeze, cough, touch door knobs, use the restroom, work on the computer, and before you put anything in your mouth.

Strengthen your immune system – One of the best ways to keep your immunity working well is to get plenty of rest. This time allows the body to repair and rejuvenate itself as it builds T-cells. Regular exercise is another method to help promote a healthy immune system. Consuming fresh citrus fruits or taking vitamin C supplements help to boost the immune system, too.

Stay home if you get sick – Your body not only needs to rest to get better, but going to work or anywhere outside the home only helps to spread a flu outbreak. Avoid public areas as much as possible as a courtesy to others.

Sneeze into your elbow – Most were taught as children to sneeze into a closed hand or the palm of their hand. Now researches know that the best way to keep droplets of fluids from spraying in every direction is to sneeze into the inside of your elbow.

Snuggle later – Whether you are sick or someone else is, make sure you avoid close contact to keep from spreading the flu “love” to each other.

Ask our pharmacist for more information about the flu virus and our available vaccines.