Family Rexall Drug offers 4 different vaccinations for adults. Immunizations are administered in the privacy of our consultation room. We notify your primary physician, and enter the information on the MIIC website. The MIIC is a confidential location which combines all immunization records for patients into one central location.
We provide injectable seasonal flu vaccine for anyone 19 and older. We can bill your insurance or bill Medicare Part B for those who are eligible. The cost of the flu vaccine is usually covered 100%.
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
Influenza Vaccine Information Sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html
We provide Zostavax, known also as “the shingles shot” for our Medicare Part D beneficiaries. The Centers for Disease Control recommends Zostavax for appropriate patients 60 years of age and older. Zostavax does not protect everyone; some patients immunized may still get Shingles. Co-pays vary depending on your insurance.
ZOSTAVAX contains a weakened chickenpox virus. Tell us if you will be in close contact with newborn infants, someone who may be pregnant and has not had chickenpox or been vaccinated against chickenpox, or someone who has problems with their immune system. Your pharmacist can tell you what situations you may need to avoid.
Zostavax Vaccine Information Sheet: http://www.immunize.org/vis/shingles.pdf
TETANUS/TETANUS and PERTUSSIS
We also provide Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td) and Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) immunizations. These are available for anyone age 19 and older. Copays can vary depending on your insurance.
Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are very serious diseases. Tdap vaccine can protect us from these diseases. And, Tdap vaccine given to pregnant women can protect newborn babies against pertussis.
TETANUS (Lockjaw) is rare in the United States today. It causes painful muscle tightening and stiffness, usually all over the body.
- It can lead to tightening of muscles in the head and neck so you can’t open your mouth, swallow, or sometimes even breathe. Tetanus kills about 1 out of 10 people who are infected even after receiving the best medical care.
DIPHTHERIA is also rare in the United States today. It can cause a thick coating to form in the back of the throat.
- It can lead to breathing problems, heart failure, paralysis, and death.
PERTUSSIS (Whooping Cough) causes severe coughing spells, which can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting, and disturbed sleep.
- It can also lead to weight loss, incontinence, and rib fractures. Up to 2 in 100 adolescents and 5 in 100 adults with pertussis are hospitalized or have complications, which could include pneumonia or death.
These diseases are caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person through secretions from coughing or sneezing. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds.
Before vaccines, as many as 200,000 cases of diphtheria, 200,000 cases of pertussis, and hundreds of cases of tetanus, were reported in the United States each year. Since vaccination began, reports of cases for tetanus and diphtheria have dropped by about 99% and for pertussis by about 80%.
Tdap is especially important for health care professionals and anyone having close contact with a baby younger than 12 months.
Pregnant women should get a dose of Tdap during every pregnancy, to protect the newborn from pertussis. Infants are most at risk for severe, life-threatening complications from pertussis.
Another vaccine, called Td, protects against tetanus and diphtheria, but not pertussis. A Td booster should be given every 10 years. Tdap may be given as one of these boosters if you have never gotten Tdap before. Tdap may also be given after a severe cut or burn to prevent tetanus infection.
Td/Tdap Vaccine Information Sheet: http://www.immunize.org/vis/tdap.pdf