Influenza - Flu Shot
***Preservative-free influenza vaccine is the ONLY vaccine available at St. Paul Corner Drug. This vaccine is free of mercury, thimersol, and latex. We feel strongly about using preservative-free vaccines in our patients.
The pharmacists of St. Paul Corner Drug are administering flu shots during business hours every day September - May to all individuals 6 years of age and older. We are able to bill most insurance plans at no charge to you.
***** NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SENIORS *****
Pneumovax-23 and Prevnar-13
Pneumonia prevention has changed. Seniors are now encouraged to get two different types of pneumonia vaccinations. In the past, most seniors received one dose of Pneumonvax-23 (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine) at the age of 65 and another dose 5 years later. It is now recommended that seniors receive 1 dose of Prevnar-13 at age 65 followed by 1 dose of Pneumovax-23 within 6 to 12 months after the Prevnar-13 vaccine. If you have already received 1 or 2 doses of Pneumovax-23, you should still get the Prevnar-13 dose. If you 1st or 2nd dose of Pneumovax-23 were administered after your 65th birthday, you need to get the Prevnar-13 vaccine and then you are complete and up to date on your vaccines. If you received your 1st or 2nd dose of Pneumovax-23 prior to your 65th birthday, you should get the Prevnar-13 now and follow that with 1 dose of Pneumovax-23 within 6 to 12 months. Both of these vaccines are covered as a benefit under your Medicare Part B coverage at no cost to you.
Zostavax (Shingles Vaccine)
Shingles can be very painful and in some cases can cause chronic nerve pain that can be life altering. The vaccine is recommended at age 60. Getting the vaccine at a younger age produces a better immunity to shingles so stop by today to get yours. This vaccine is covered as a benefit on your Medicare Part D drug coverage.
Tdap- Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
There has been a resurgence of pertussis (whooping cough) and resent years in the United States. The Tdap vaccine was developed in 2005 to provide an adult booster. It is recommended that all individuals receive one Tdap vaccination as soon as possible to help curb wide spread outbreaks of whooping cough. Young children are the most susceptible to pertussis because they do not have adequate immunity to defend themselves. Get your Tdap today at the pharmacy, then booster Td every ten years going forward.