Immunizations

There are so many things in the world we don't seem to have any control over.  One thing you CAN do is stay up-to-date with your immunizations.  Your Kinney Drugs pharmacist is trained and certified to safely and conveniently give routine vaccinations right at your local Kinney pharmacy!  Learn more about which pharmacy vaccinations may be right for you and your family below.

 

Flu Season Update

Getting your flu shot is important – now more than ever.  By getting your flu shot, you help protect yourself, your family, and your community.  This year, Kinney Drugs has made it even easier to get your flu shot by accepting walk-in appointments and providing your paperwork online to print and fill out ahead of time.  Don't wait to get your flu shot!  Flu shots are available for ages 2+ in New York and 18+ in Vermont.  

 

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
  • Flu shots are covered in full by many health insurance plans
  • 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.

 

What is the flu shot?

The flu shot is made up of several deactivated flu viruses.  When you get your flu shot, your body naturally produces antibodies – or "disease fighters" – in response to the vaccine.  These disease-fighters will now remain on defense within your body to fight the flu.

 

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
  • People 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.

 

Employer Flu Vaccination Program - FLU FIGHTERS

 

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 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?

 

  • Adults 65 years or older
  • Children younger than 5 years old
  • People who have ongoing medical conditions
  • People who smoke cigarettes

 

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.

 

PPSV23

  • CDC recommends all adults 65 years or older get a shot of PPSV23
  • People two through 64 years old with certain medical conditions
  • Adults 19 through 64 who smoke cigarettes

 

PCV13

  • CDC recommends adults 65 years or older get a shot of PCV13 if they have never received a dose AND have a:
    • Condition that weakens the immune system
    • Cerebrospinal fluid leak
    • Cochlear implant
  • Older adults who have never received a dose and do not have one of the conditions described above may also discuss vaccination with their primary care provider or Kinney Drugs pharmacist.
  • All children younger than two.
  • People two years or older with certain medical conditions

If you are recommended to or want to receive BOTH vaccines:

  • Get PCV13 first.  Talk to your primary care provider about when to come back to get your PPSV23.
  • If you've already received PPSV23, wait at least one year after that shot before you get PCV13.

 

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

 

†Sources:
"Pneumonia Can Be Prevented—Vaccines Can Help" Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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 are 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.

 

What is the tetanus vaccine?

 

There are several vaccines that protect against tetanus offered at Kinney Drugs:

  • Tdap: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine for older children and adults 
  • Td: tetanus and diphtheria vaccine for older children and adults

 

Who should get the tetanus vaccine?

  • Adults who have NOT received a tetanus vaccine should get Tdap at any time
  • Adults who HAVE received a tetanus vaccine should follow up with a Td or Tdap shot every 10 years
  • Pregnant women should get Tdap during the early part of the 3rd trimester of pregnancy

 

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

 

Additional vaccinations are available in Vermont including:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
  • HPV