It's flu vaccine time!

With age comes a great many things: wisdom, maturity, beauty... and also a weaker immune system. This places adults over the age of 65 at a greater risk for severe complications from influenza. 

Prevention is an important step in keeping healthy this flu season, and getting a flu vaccine is crucial. 

What's the difference between Quadrivalent and Trivalent Influenza Vaccines? Quadrivalent has 2 influenza A viruses + 2 B viruses (broader protection with both B viruses). Trivalent has 2 influenza A viruses + only 1 B virus. 

What are the vaccine types? Standard shot- age 6 months and above

When is the flu season? In the US, flu activity peaks in January and February, but can begin as early as October and continue as late as May. Vaccines take about 2 weeks to build immunity in the body. 

Are flu shots safe? Flu vaccines are safe. Vaccine Viruses used are inactivated (killed) or weakened and cannot cause influenza. 

Are flu shots effective? A person who is vaccinated is 60% less likely to need treatment for flu after getting vaccinated. Also, flu shots reduce other illnesses, antibiotic use, time off of work, hospitalizations, and deaths.

What are the side effects? Soreness, redness, swelling where the shot was given; fever (low grade); and aches are the most common side effects of the vaccine. 

 

What Our Customers Say About Our Service:

"My family has been using Midtown Pharmacy (formerly The Medicine Shoppe) exclusively for our medications since 2004. We have been very happy with the service they provide. My husband, granddaughter and I all have issues that we take a lot of medications for. I always feel free to question Jeremy and his staff about drug interactions (or he brings them up to me) and side effects. All of the staff including Jeremy, the pharmacist, feels like family to us. They seem glad to see us when we come in. They call me by name and even know my voice on the telephone when I call in a refill. My insurance has recommended that we get our prescriptions by mail order, but I always tell them that I would never change because I feel that the staff at Midtown is always looking out for me and wants the best for us. When my husband was in the last stages of his life and could not get out of the car easily, Jeremy always came out and spoke to him and asked him how he was and just visited with him. My husband passed away in 2012 and Jeremy and one of his technicians even came to his funeral. To me, that is above and beyond a local pharmacy's care. I brag on them every chance I get and will continue to do so.