A shot of healthy living
Influenza is a serious disease that in some cases can lead to hospitalization. Because each flu season is different, it is important to get an annual flu shot.
Will the flu shot make me sick?
The flu vaccine is an inactivated virus so it does not have the ability to give you the flu or make you sick. It does take 10-14 days before it may provide full immunity so if the patient has been exposed before receiving the vaccine, they still have the potential to get a mild case of the illness.
Get your shot before flu season arrives.
The actual flu season is variable; however, the largest number of flu shots are given in October. If patients are vaccinated in the fall they should be protected for a full year, well into flu season.
Sam’s Club can provide vaccinations at your businesses.
Help employees stay healthy this season with vaccinations in the workplace. Talk to your Pharmacist for more details.
The Sam’s Club Pharmacy is a great option for receiving many vaccinations, including: influenza, shingles, pneumonia, Tdap (whooping cough), HPV, meningitis and hepatitis A and B. Sam’s Club Pharmacists can provide the attention that patients deserve, with no appointment needed.
Often, there is a $0 copay for vaccines. Many insurance providers will cover the cost of the flu injection and other vaccines as part of the preventive care benefit.
Know your vaccinations
Quadrivalent vaccination provides protection against four strains of the flu.
Patients 65 and older should ask about specific vaccines for their age group.
This vaccine greatly reduces the pain associated with the disease.
Pneumococcal vaccines may help protect against more than 90 types of bacteria that contribute to pneumonia, meningitis, bacteremia and sinusitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a two-dose series for the best protection.
Tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) are the diseases covered by the Tdap vaccine. This vaccination is important for families with infants. Grandparents, child care workers and other family members in close contact with infants are encouraged to receive this vaccine as they are the people that generally transmit whooping cough to a newborn.
The CDC recommends children between the ages of 11 and 12 years old get this two-shot vaccine to help protect against certain cancers caused by the human papillomavirus.
- HEPATITIS A AND B
The combined hepatitis A and B vaccination can be given to persons 18 years or older, often in the form of three shots over a period of six months. Hepatitis A and B are serious liver infections.