- Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person has had chickenpox, the virus can stay dormant in your body. If it becomes active again, it can cause Shingles. 9 out of 10 adults in the United States have had chickenpox. There is currently no way to predict if you will get Shingles or how severe your case may be.
- Approximately one million cases of Shingles occur in the United States every year. Almost half of these cases involve adults 60 years of age and older. As you get older, your risk for Shingles increases. In fact, 1 out of 2 people who live to age 85 will have Shingles. Shingles is sometimes difficult to recognize. A blistering rash appears after a few days of itching, tingling, and burning. The rash can be very painful and may last up to 30 days. Usually, the pain lessens as the rash heals. However, for some people, the pain can last for months or even years. Other serious complications may include scarring, skin infections, muscle weakness, and decrease or loss of vision or hearing. Now, there is a vaccine to help! Zovstavax is a vaccine used to prevent the development of Shingles in people 60 years of age or older. It is still possible to develop Shingles even after the vaccination, but Zostavax may help reduce the risk for long-term nerve pain.
- You may not be a candidate for Zostavax if you:
• Have allergies to neomycin or gelatin
• Have had an allergic reaction to another vaccine
• Have a weakened immune system
- Ask your Realo pharmacist if you are a good candidate for the Zostavax vaccine. All we need is a prescription from your doctor, and we will take care of the rest! We can administer the vaccine in the pharmacy and bill your insurance if eligible. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to your local Realo pharmacist!
- The influenza virus spreads through droplets that have been coughed or sneezed into the air by someone who has the flu. You can contract the flu by breathing in these droplets through your nose or mouth, or by the droplets landing directly on your eyes. The flu virus may also be found on the hands of people who already have flu and on surfaces they have touched. You can become infected if you shake hands with an infected person or touch a contaminated surface and transfer the virus to your own eyes, nose or mouth.
- A flu vaccination is not a guarantee that you will not contract the flu, but it is the closest thing to ensuring the flu virus won't take hold inside your body. Influenza vaccination has been shown to prevent illness in approximately 70 to 90 per cent of healthy children and adults.
- Although a healthy lifestyle and frequent hand washing also go a long way towards keeping your immune system fighting fit, these measures may simply not be strong enough if you find yourself in the company of someone who already has the virus.
The flu is seasonal and a yearly vaccination is highly recommended. A prescription is not needed for a flu vaccine. The flu vaccine can be administered by a pharmacist for those ages 14 and up.
Stay healthy and protect those you love. Depending on your age and medical conditions your doctor may recommend a regimine of vaccinations. Realo pharmacists can administer, bill, and help answer all of your immunization questions. No appointment is necessary! (Vaccines listed with an * do not require a prescription. All vaccines listed below can be administered for ages 18 and up.)
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Hepatitis A is most commonly transmitted via contaminated food or drinking water. It is also one of the most vaccine-preventable diseases. The CDC recommends the Hepatitis A series to anyone visiting an endemic area with intermediate to high risk of infection.
Hepatitis B Vaccine*
Transmission of the Hepatitis B virus results from exposure to infected blood or body fluids containing blood. A Hepatitis B series is your best level of prevention before your trip.
Hepatitis A and B Combo Vaccine
Human Papillomavirus Recombinant Vaccine
Common cause of cervical cancer in women
Measles, Mumps and Rubella
Measles, mumps and rubella are viral illnesses, which can be transmitted by respiratory droplets. Vaccination is recommended for children as well as adults born after 1957 who have not yet received the vaccine.
Organisms that are spread person to person by close contact cause meningitis. This disease can cause inflammation around the brain and spinal cord. The vaccine is recommended for college students living in dormitories, military recruits, international travelers and those with weakened immune systems.
Pneumonia is caused by a bacterial infection that can be spread by respiratory droplets. The infection can cause fever, cough, chest pain and difficulty breathing. Vaccination is recommended for all adults over 65 years of age, those with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems.
Shingles (Zoster) Vaccine Live*
It is different than the chickenpox vaccine. Older adults who receive the herpes zoster vaccine are less likely to have complications from shingles.
Varicella Zoster Virus (Chicken pox)
Chicken pox is usually acquired by inhaling airborne respiratory droplets from an infected host. Vaccination for Varicella is recommended for any travelers who have not been previously vaccinated and ALL children.
Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine (Td Boosters)*
Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap Vaccine)*
Ask one of our pharmacists how to get your immunizations today!