Immunizations

Influenza

Most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February or early March.

Majoria Drugs recommends that all our patients receive annual flu shots (brand name: Fluzone) starting in September or October. "Fluzone High-Dose" is a new influenza vaccine created specifically for seniors, 65 and older. If you have questions about which Flu Shot is best for you, please ask our pharmacists.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis(whooping cough)

“Tdap” is a combination vaccine (brand name: Boostrix) that protects against three potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Note that “Td” is a booster vaccine for tetanus and diphtheria. It does not protect against pertussis.

Pneumococcal Disease

Pneumococcus can cause many types of illnesses, including ear infections and meningitis. There are vaccines to prevent pneumococcal disease in children and adults. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13 – brand name: Prevnar 13) is recommended for all children younger than 5 years old, all adults 65 years or older, and people 6 years or older with certain risk factors (ask a pharmacist about these). Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23 – brand name: Pneumovax 23) is recommended for all adults 65 years or older. People 2 through 64 years old who are at high risk of pneumococcal disease should also receive PPSV23.

Shingles

Your risk of shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) increases as you get older. CDC recommends that people 60 years old and older get shingles vaccine (brand name: Zostavax) to prevent shingles and PHN.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). For some people, hepatitis B is an acute, or short-term, illness but for others, it can become a long-term, chronic infection. Risk for chronic infection is related to age at infection: approximately 90% of infected infants become chronically infected, compared with 2%–6% of adults. Chronic Hepatitis B can lead to serious health issues, like cirrhosis or liver cancer. The best way to prevent Hepatitis B is by getting vaccinated (brandname: Engerix-B 20Mcg)

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