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Offering you the immunizations you need to stay healthy.

Immunizations are important in disease prevention. Here at Coastal Drug Company, our goal is to protect you and your loved ones by keeping you up-to-date on the recommended vaccines. We offer a variety of immunizations. Some of the vaccines we offer are listed below:

Flu (Influenza) Vaccine

The flu is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and can even result in death in high risk populations. Patients with the flu typically experience symptoms such as fever, fatigue, headaches, cough, chills, runny nose, sore throat, and body aches. Young children, senior citizens, and individuals with health conditions are deemed high-risk for significant flu complications.

Every flu season is different, and the influenza infection can affect people differently. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year with a flu shot at Coastal Drug Company.

The best time to get the flu shot is before the flu season starts and begins affecting our community. Based on the CDC’s recommendation, you should get vaccinated before October ends. Getting vaccinated later, however, is still beneficial throughout the flu season.

How does the flu vaccine work?

  • The flu vaccine is an inactivated vaccine that is given in the deltoid muscle of the arm. The vaccine causes antibodies to begin developing in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies defend the body against the flu. Note that you may be vulnerable to the flu during the two weeks after your flu shot.
  • Each year, different strains of the flu virus are designed to protect against the influenza virus based on research indicating which strains will be common during the upcoming season. There are two different flu vaccines. The traditional flu vaccine, also called “trivalent” vaccine, protects against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. The quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against four flu viruses—the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

  • The CDC recommends anyone ages 6 months and older to get a flu shot this season.
  • Flu shots are recommended for pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.

Who should not get the Flu vaccine?

  • Those with a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
  • Those who are allergic to specific medications and preservatives, including Thimerosal and certain antibiotics.
  • Those who have previously had a serious reaction to an influenza vaccination.
  • Those who have had Guillain-Barré Syndrome within six weeks of getting the flu vaccine previously.
  • Those experiencing a moderate or severe illness along with a fever must wait until they heal before before they get a flu shot.
  • Children younger than 6 months
  • Anyone who is on immunosuppressants should discuss their situation with their health provider prior to getting vaccinated.

Common side effects may include:

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Aches

Pneumonia (Pneumococcal) Vaccine

Pneumonia is a lung disease that is caused by the bacteria known as streptococcus pneumoniae. This disease can contaminate the upper respiratory tract and can move to the lungs, blood, middle ear, or nervous system. Pneumonia is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable illness and death in the United States.

It is the main cause of illnesses in children younger than 2 years old and adults 65 years of age or older. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to getting seriously ill and dying from pneumonia. Individuals with certain medical conditions are also at increased risk for acquiring this disease.

The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine protects against the 23 most common types of streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria while the pneumonia conjugate vaccine protects against the 13 types of streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. New recommendations assert that two doses, one polysaccharide and one conjugate, of pneumonia vaccine are needed; however, additional doses may be needed under certain circumstances.

Who should get the pneumonia vaccine?

  • All adults ages 65 and older who have not been previously vaccinated.
  • Adults aged 19 to 64 who have asthma or smoke.
  • Anyone between the age of 2 to 64 who has a long-term health condition.
  • Anyone 2 to 64 years old who has a disease or condition that lowers the body’s resistance to infection.
  • Anyone between the age of 2 to 64 who takes an immunosuppressant drug or has treatment that decreases the body’s immunity to infection.

Who should not get the pneumonia vaccine?

  • Those who have had an allergic reaction
  • Those who are moderately or severely ill should wait until they recover before getting the vaccine.
  • Pregnant women must confer with their OB/GYN prior to getting vaccinated.

Possible side effects of the pneumonia vaccine:

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Hives
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Allergic reaction

Shingles

Shingles is a painful skin rash triggered by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once you have chickenpox, the virus stays in your body in an inactive stage. If the virus turns active again, then it is possible that you may acquire shingles. Other factors that may raise your likelihood of getting shingles are increased stress, age, and a weakened immune system. The shingles vaccine is proven to decrease the risk of shingles by more than 90%. The shingles vaccine can also lessen pain for individuals who still contract shingles after getting vaccinated.

Who should get the shingles vaccine?

  • A two-dose series of the shingles vaccine is FDA-approved for adults 50 years of age and older.

Who should not get the shingles vaccine?

  • Those who have a moderate or severe illness.
  • Those who are allergic to any of its ingredients.
  • Those who are allergic to gelatin or neomycin.
  • Those who have a weakened immune system.
  • Those who are pregnant or plan to get pregnant.

Possible side effects of the shingles vaccine:

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Hives
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Allergic reaction

Tdap Vaccine

The Tdap vaccine can protect adolescents and adults against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

Tetanus, commonly known as lockjaw, is a serious disease caused by a bacteria that leads to painful muscle tightening and stiffness in the head and neck so you can’t open your mouth, swallow, or sometimes even breath. It can have an affect all over the body. It usually enters the body through cuts, wounds, and scratches.

Diphtheria is very contagious and is transmitted through sneezing and coughing. It can form a thick coating in the back of the throat. It can even cause paralysis, heart failure, and death.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a communicable infection of respiratory tract. Early symptoms include runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. The most common symptom is excessive coughing fits. Infants are most at risk for life-threatening complications. It is spread by coughing and sneezing

Who should get the Tdap vaccine?

  • Birth through 6 years: DTaP at 2, 3, and 6 months, again at 15-18 months, and between 4 and 6 years. Total of 5 doses.
  • 7 through 10 years: If not fully vaccinated against pertussis, should receive a single dose of Tdap.
  • 11 through 18 years: Tdap as a single dose preferably between 11 and 12 years.
  • Adolescents 13-18 who failed to get Tdap at 11-12: administer at the nearest opportunity.
  • 19 years and older: Anyone who did not acquire a dose of Tdap should receive immediately.
  • Pregnant women: Should get a dose of Tdap preferably at 27 through 36 weeks gestation.

Who should not get the Tdap vaccine?

  • Those who have had an allergic reaction after a previous dose.
  • Those who have had a coma or several seizures within 7 days after a dose of DTP or DTaP should not get Tdap. (These patients can get Td).
  • Those who are moderately or severely ill should wait until they recover before getting the Tdap or Td vaccine.

Possible side effects of the Tdap vaccine:

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site
  • Pain and loss of muscle strength in the upper arm
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Hives
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Dizziness

Our pharmacists are certified in vaccination administration. Just call us to schedule an immunization appointment or drop by our pharmacy today to get a walk-in flu shot.