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Flu Shot Tidbits

The word “influenza” comes from the Italian influentia because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu—for only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness.

Annual flu viruses (not including flu pandemics) infect up to 20% of Americans, put 200,000 in the hospital with flu-related complications, and kill about 36,000 people.

The cost of treating annual flu epidemics, including lost wages and productivity of workers, is billions of dollars each year in just the United States alone.

There have been four major global flu pandemics since 1900: the Swine flu (officially named “Novel H1N1 Influenza A”), the Hong Kong flu (1968-1969), the Asian flu pandemic (1957-1958), and the Spanish flu (1918-1919).

The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic. It occurred in the three waves of increasing lethality.

  • It killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years.
  • More people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.
  • More Americans in one year than the combined total who died in battle during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

 

Viruses mutate more in one day than humans did in several million years.

Flu viruses can live up to 48 hours on hard, nonporous surfaces such as stainless steel and up to 12 hours on cloth and tissues.

It can take 1-2 weeks after being vaccinated before protective immunity develops.

The first time that children younger than 9 years old receive the flu vaccine they need to receive 2 doses at least a month apart from each other.

The flu vaccine can’t give you the flu. The vaccines only contain a dead piece of the flu virus, and a dead virus can’t infect you.

For further information on how a flu shot can help you, please call 360-734-5413 x118.

 

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Flu Shots, High dose, Flumists now available at Hoagland Pharmacy August 2012

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It is that time of year again and we are gearing up for our flu shots!  Flu Shots are now availabe at our store Monday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm.  We will not be offering flu shots from 1 pm to 2 pm.  It will cost $25 per person.  We will be able to bill most insurance plans, please bring your insurance card to our store and we can check your specific coverage!  If you have any questions, please e-mail  or call 685-5002

Flumists are also available for $35.  High dose for those 65 years and older is available for $55 and is billable to Medicare.

 

Are you traveling outside the country soon? We also offer other vaccinations! Check out our Travel vaccines page!

 

 

 

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Bellingham,WA  August 2, 2012 – In recognition of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), Hoagland Pharmacy is encouraging community members of all ages to protect their health by getting immunized against infectious diseases.

“As children prepare to return to school, now’s a great time for parents to ensure students of all ages – even college students – are caught up on recommended immunizations,” said Ruth Lang, LPN at Hoagland Pharmacy. “Flu season is only a short time away, so community members should take the time now to get their flu shots.  Recent regional spikes in whooping cough also underscore the need for community members to work with their physician and local pharmacist to ensure that they’re up-to-date on other vaccinations as well.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50,000 people die from vaccine-preventable diseases each year. Influenza and pneumococcal infections combined account for more than 90 percent of these deaths, making these preventable afflictions the 8th leading cause of death in the United States.¹

While routine vaccinations can prevent these and 15 additional potentially life-threatening diseases – including Hepatitis A/B, pneumococcal diseases, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis – whooping cough), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) meningococcal disease, HPV (human papillomavirus) and “shingles” (herpes zoster) – adults and high risk populations are significantly under-immunized as compared to children.[1]

 “While many understand the importance of vaccinating our children against common diseases, all too often we forget adults need to make sure they’re up-to-date with vaccinations, too,”  said Ruth Lang, LPN at Hoagland Pharmacy. “We want to be there to help our patients defend themselves against these diseases, which is why we offer easy, convenient access to routine immunizations for the entire community.”

To help members of the community better understand the importance of scheduled immunization and how they can be obtained conveniently and inexpensively, Lang offers the following tips:

  • Don’t forget your flu shot. Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with influenza and influenza-related complications (pneumonia, reye syndrome, myocarditis, etc), accounting for more than 60 percent of all hospitalizations among people over 65-years-old[2]. To safeguard against seasonal influenza, be sure to get vaccinated early. A prescription is not required and getting the vaccine early will help keep you and your family from contracting this harmful disease or spreading it to others.
  • Start early, stay up-to-date. The CDC recommends that influenza vaccinations be administered to all persons aged 6-months and older who do not have contraindications or allergies to the vaccine[3]. However, once an immunization regimen is started, it is critical to follow recommended vaccination schedules through childhood and adulthood to maintain immunity. For example, influenza vaccine requires patients to be immunized annually; other vaccines can remain effective for several years before a “booster” is required. Consult your physician and/or pharmacist to ensure your immunizations are up to date.
  • Know when you need an immunization prescription. While all trained and certified pharmacists are authorized to administer the seasonal flu vaccine without a prescription – under physician protocol, some vaccinations may require a prescription from your primary care physician. To learn more about which vaccinations require a prescription from your primary care physician, visit or contact [NAME OF PHARMACY] during regular store hours.
  • Utilize your coverage. Most private insurance companies include a vaccination program in their wellness benefit plans. Consult your coverage policy to better understand your immunizations coverage.  

 

Hoagland Pharmacy offers vaccination services by appointment and welcome walk-ins for flu shots.  The certified pharmacy staff at Hoagland Pharmacy also provides immunization delivery services to local area businesses, school systems and senior care facilities.  If you are interested in these services please contact Carrie Stephens at (360) 685-5012 or via e-mail at cstephens@hoaglandpharmacy.com.

To learn more about the pharmacy services offered at Hoagland Pharmacy visit Hoagland Pharmacy or call Ruth Lang at (360) 685-5018 during store hours.  



¹Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Achievements in Public Health, 1900–1999: Control of infectious diseases. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 1999 Jul 30; 48(29):621-9.

 

[2]CDC. Estimates of deaths associated with seasonal influenza – United States, 1976-2007. MMWR 2010; 59(33):1057-62.

[3] VPD Surveillance Manual, 5th Edition, 2011 Influenza: Chapter 6-1

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H1N1 Available Now For Everyone Over 6 months

Dr. Greg  Stern, a Whatcom County Health Officer, expanded eligibility for the H1N1 vaccine yesterday to include everyone over the age of 6 months. If you have not received an H1N1 vaccine and would like one, please feel free to stop by the retail pharmacy Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm to receive yours. Vaccines will be available on a walk-in basis for $25/dose. Billing to Group Health, Medicare and Medicaid is available.

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