The pharmacists here at Community Care RX are New York certified to provide immunizations on patients age 18 and older. Our vaccination program currently includes Influenza, Meningitis, Pneumonia, and the Shingles Vaccines. And there will be no hassle dealing with the doctors or pharmacies because we can provide the vaccination clinics on site at your facility! The individual’s insurance plans, this includes Medicaid, and Medicare, will be billed for all the vaccinations provided. In many cases there are no costs to the resident, and for everyone who pays with cash we offer a cash discount of up to 25%.
Types of Vaccinations
Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
Influenza, or most commonly known as the flu, is a serious disease that leads to hospitalizations and sometimes even death. Influenza strains vary from year and year and thus, individuals must be vaccinated annually to reduce the chances of contacting influenza and spreading it to others. The “seasonal flu season” can begin in the United States as early as October and end as late as May. Most often, flu shots are given in September, during the fall which is the peak for the flu season.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord. It’s hard to recognize and can be deadly, especially in its early stages because meningitis symptoms are similar to those of more common viral illnesses. Symptoms include high fever, vomiting, stiff neck, headache and rash. Bacterial meningitis, unlike viral meningitis can potentially kill an otherwise healthy young person within 1 day after the first symptoms appear.
There is a vaccine for the bacteria that causes meningococcal disease. Keeping up to date with your immunizations is the best defense against meningitis because it can be spread by common activities such as sharing utensils, living in close quarters, smoking or even being exposed to smoke.
Pneumococcal disease is a leading cause of vaccine preventable illness in the United States. Anyone can get pneumococcal disease but some are at a greater risk than others. Pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for all adults ages 65 and over and those with any existing health conditions such as diabetes or lung disease. Pneumococcal disease can lead to serious infections of the lungs, blood and membranes of the brain.
Treatment of pneumococcal infections include penicillin and other drugs. However, strains of pneumococcal disease have shown to be resistant to these drugs, which makes prevention of the disease through vaccination, even more important.
Herpes Zoster Vaccine
Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for developing Shingles. This is because the same virus that causes chickenpox can stay dormant in the nerve cells and can later on get reactivated and cause Shingles. It can occur in people of all ages and the risk increases as people get older. When Shingles develop, rash or blisters appear on the skin, generally on one side of the body. Because the nerves along the path become inflamed, the pain can be severe and chronic for some people and may even last for months after the rash has healed.
The Herpes Zoster Vaccine has been shown to reduce the occurrence of herpes zoster by about 50%. And for those who were vaccinated but still developed Shingles, the duration of pain was shorter in comparison to those who were not vaccination. The sooner you get vaccinated, the better chances you have of protecting yourself from Shingles.