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Immunizations

Some healthy choices are easier than others, like staying up-to-date on your immunizations. Your Kinney Drugs pharmacist is trained and certified to administer specific immunizations on-site at the pharmacy. Vaccinations are only available for those 18 years and older in Vermont and ages 2 years and older in New York.

 

No appointment is needed and most insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare Part D. Helping you stay healthy is another good reason why you can rely on your Kinney Drugs pharmacist and our Circle of Care Pharmacy Services.

 

2018 Flu Season Update

Pharmacists are able to administer flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18 under an executive order signed by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Public health officials encouraged parents to call pharmacies to schedule a visit. However, they urged parents and guardians with very young children between the ages of 6 months and 24 months to see their primary care physicians for the vaccination.  In Vermont, pharmacies are limited to vaccinating individuals ages 18 and older. To schedule a vaccination, please call or visit your local Kinney Drugs pharmacy.

Our certified pharmacists can administer the following vaccinations:

Flu Vaccine

The key to staying healthy is prevention. So this flu season, protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot at Kinney Drugs.

  • No appointment is needed
  • Available every day
  • Most insurance plans accepted, including Medicare Part B and Part D
  • Covered by many prescription plans for a minimal or zero copay
  • Available for ages 2+ in NY, 18+ in VT

 

What is Influenza?

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory disease. It can cause mild to severe illness. Unlike a cold, flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. The most common symptom is a fever, which may not happen with a cold. Other symptoms include muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue, sore throat and runny nose.

 

Who should get vaccinated?

The CDC recommends that everyone at least 6 months of age get a flu vaccine every year. While everyone is at risk for various types of influenza, it is especially important for certain groups of people to get vaccinated. These people include:

 

  • Pregnant women
  • Seniors 65 and older
  • Those with chronic health conditions including asthma, diabetes and heart disease
  • People who live with or care for others who are at high risk for developing serious complications from the flu

 

Stop in today to get the protection you deserve from the pharmacists you trust.

Save time by printing your consent form and bringing it with you.

 

Consent Form

 

Employer Flu Vaccination Program

 

Each year, thousands of employees fall ill with influenza - affecting employers and businesses. Flu lowers productivity, increases absenteeism and unfavorably impacts the bottom line. In fact, flu in the workplace costs businesses approximately $10.4 billion each season. The good news is much of the illness caused by flu can be prevented with a simple flu shot.

 

This year, let our team of certified pharmacists help protect your employees and your business from the flu with the Kinney Drugs FLUFIGHTERS Program. It's convenient, affordable and easy! FLUFIGHTERS offers you and your employees:

· Direct billing to your insurance provider

· Advance consent forms to save your employees time and facilitate a quick and easy vaccination

 

Plus, we accept most insurance plans including Excellus, Pomco, Aetna and more!

 

Two Ways to Participate

1.) Host a FLUFIGHTERS clinic at your workplace: Kinney Drugs will bring a certified pharmacist to your workplace at your convenience. We will bring all vaccine and supplies, emergency kits and sufficient assistance to accommodate all employees.

2.) Employee FLUFIGHTERS Vouchers: Kinney Drugs can provide prepaid FLUFIGHTERS vouchers for your employees - good for vaccination at any Kinney Drugs - for ease, choice and flexibility. Take action now to help protect your business and your employees from the flu.

To promote your FLUFIGHTERS clinic to employees, download our flu clinic marketing materials.

 

Flu Clinic Poster Flu Shot Benefits Flyer

 

* Molinari NA, Ortega-Sanchez IR, Messonnier ML, et al. The annual impact of seasonal influenza in the US: measuring disease burden and costs. Vaccine. 2007; 25(27):5086-96.

Meningitis Vaccine

Thousands of people get meningitis every year, but it can be prevented with vaccine. Reduce your risk by getting your meningitis shot today.

 

  • Available without a prescription
  • No appointment is needed
  • Covered by most insurance plans
  • Available for those 18 years and older

 

What is Meningococcal disease?

 

Meningitis is a condition in which a virus or bacteria causes the tissue around the brain and spinal cord get inflamed, which can be very painful and cause seizures. The most common symptoms are fever, neck stiffness, and headache. Meningitis is spread by coughing, sneezing, and kissing. A serious infection can lead to brain damage.

 

Who should get vaccinated?

Meningitis can affect anyone, but it is most common in infants less than 12 months old and individuals 16-21 years of age. Because children and young adults are among the groups at highest risk of contracting this potentially deadly disease, many states require vaccinations for school and college students. According to the CDC, the following are people at increased risk for meningitis who should get vaccinated:

 

  • College freshman living in dormitories
  • Laboratory personnel who are routinely exposed to meningococcal bacteria
  • U.S.military recruits
  • Anyone traveling to, or living in, a part of the world where meningococcal disease is common, such as parts of Africa
  • Anyone who has a damaged spleen, or whose spleen has been removed
  • Anyone who has an immune system disorder

 

Talk to your Kinney Pharmacist today to find out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Pneumonia Vaccine

Each year, an estimated 1 million people in the United States are hospitalized with pneumonia, and about 50,000 people die from the disease. Reduce your risk by getting your Pneumonia shot today.

 

  • No appointment is needed and shots are available every day
  • There is no cost with most insurance plans
  • Available for those 18 years and older
  • New guidelines recommend two pneumonia shots for all adults 65 years and older and those with certain medical conditions

 

What is pneumococcal disease?

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is caused by a virus or bacteria, specifically the bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. The same bacteria can also cause infections in the ears, the blood and the lining of the brain. Pneumonia symptoms include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing.

 

Who is at risk?

 

  • Children younger than 5 years of age
  • Adults 65 years of age or older
  • Those with chronic lung conditions, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Those who smoke
  • Those with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease

 

Which Pneumonia shot should I receive?

There are two different pneumococcal vaccines that cover different strains or serotypes of Strep pneumoniae. The vaccines are referred to as PCV13 and PPSV23.

 

It is recommended that the following people receive both shots:

 

  • All adults 65 years and older
  • Adults 19 to 64 years with:
    • Conditions or treatments that affect the immune system (such as: HIV, lymphoma, leukemia, or Hodgkin disease, chronic kidney disease, radiation therapy, or certain long-term steroid use†)
    • Functional or anatomic asplenia†
    • Cochlear implants or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks

 

It is recommended that the following people receive PPSZ23 only:

  • Adults 19 to 64 years who:
    • Have chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung, heart, or liver disease, or alcoholism
    • Are cigarette smokers
    • Are residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities

 

Call or stop in today and talk with your Kinney pharmacist about getting your Pneumonia shot.

 

†Sources:

“Pneumococcal Disease” National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. 
“Pneumococcal Vaccination” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Shingles Vaccine

New Shingles Vaccine Now Available at Kinney Drugs!

SHINGRIX is a new FDA-approved two-dose vaccination for the prevention of shingles – and the ONLY shingles vaccine proven to be up to 90% effective in clinical trials of adults fifty years and older.  No prescription is required and no appointment is necessary.

 

  • Recommended for those 50+.
  • 90% effective in preventing shingles.
  • No prescription necessary.
  • No appointment needed.

1 out of 3 people 60 years old and older get shingles. Reduce your risk by getting vaccinated today.

 

  • No appointment is needed
  • Shots are available every day
  • Most insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare Part D
  • Available for adults 50 years and older

 

What is Shingles?

 

Shingles is a disease that causes a painful, blistering rash. It occurs in people who have had chicken pox and is a reactivation of the dormant virus. Shingles can strike at any time and it can be painful. It is more common and more serious in older adults. In fact, nearly 1 million Americans get shingles every year and about half of them are 60 years and older.

 

Who is at risk for Shingles?

 

  • People who have had chickenpox
  • Adults age 50 and older
  • Individuals with a weak immune system

 

Why get vaccinated?

Vaccination is the ONLY way to reduce the risk of getting shingles. Studies show that the vaccine, Zostavax, reduces the risk of developing shingles by about 50%. For those who still may get shingles, it reduces the severity of symptoms.

Call or stop in to learn more about getting your Shingles Vaccination.

 

* Information courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Vaccine

 

Being fully vaccinated is the most effective way to prevent tetanus. Make sure you and your family are protected by being up-to-date with their tetanus vaccine.

 

  • Available without a prescription
  • No appointment is needed
  • Covered by most insurance plans
  • Available for those 18 years and older
  • Recommended for adults to receive a booster shot every 10 years to stay protected

 

What is Tetanus?

Tetanus is caused by bacteria that enter the body during an injury or anytime the skin is broken, and cannot spread from person to person. Tetanus is often called "lockjaw" because the person cannot open his/her mouth due to the jaw muscles tightening. Other symptoms include headache, muscle spasms and muscle stiffness and seizures.

 

What is the tetanus vaccine?

 

There are several vaccines that protect against tetanus.
Tdap: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine for older children and adults 
Td: tetanus and diphtheria vaccine for older children and adults

 

Because our protection from tetanus decreases over time, older children need to get the Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine is recommended for all 11 through 18 year olds, preferably at age 11 or 12 years.

 

After getting the Tdap vaccine as a preteen or teen, adults need to get a Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years to stay protected. For adults who didn't get Tdap as a preteen or teen, the easiest thing to do is to get Tdap instead of their next regular Td booster.

 

What is Diphtheria and Pertussis?

 

Diphtheria is a contagious disease that spreads through direct contact with an infected person, usually via coughing or sneezing. Like tetanus, it can be fatal if untreated or can cause severe damage to the nerves and heart. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious disease that can cause death. This disease is most severe among children younger than 5 years old.

 

Talk to your Kinney Pharmacist today to find out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Travel Health Consultations & Vaccinations

To help ensure you and your family stays healthy during your trip, Kinney Drugs offers travel health consultation and vaccinations at the following Vermont locations:

Barre, VT: 802.476.6659 
Essex Junction, VT: 802.878.5351 
St. Albans, VT: 802.524.6543