It's Time Again for Flu Shots and Immunizations

Influenza (Flu) viruses cause illness of the nose, throat and lungs that can spread when infected people cough or sneeze. Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and tiredness. Influenza can lead to pneumonia and loss of body fluids. But, you can protect yourself from the flu with a shot from Broadway Drug Center.

You might be thinking...

Q. Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?

A. The flu vaccine contains a dead virus. A dead virus cannot infect you.

It is very important that you receive a flu shot at any age. The younger generation doesn't want to miss work or give the flu to their children. The elderly often have compromised disease states that weakens their immune system. If you are 16 years and older come in and administer your flu shot today. Slightly older than 16? There are no out of pocket costs to Medicare Part B patients for the flu and pneumonia immunization.

Broadway Drug Center offers a variety of other common immunizations to help keep you healthy and vibrant.

Currently, Broadway Drug Center administering flu shots, pneumonia, Tdap (Diphtheria, Pertussis & Tetanus) which protect you from whooping cough. This is very important for individuals who are around newborn babies and young children. We also offer the shingles vaccine to protect you from the Herpes Zoster virus.

What you should know about the shingles vaccine.

If you've had chickenpox, the Shingles virus is already inside you. Here are 6 reasons to get immunized sooner, rather than later.

1. The virus that causes chickenpox never leaves your body. Instead it stays in your nervous system, and can re-emerge and cause the Shingles rash.

2. It’s hard to tell when the Shingles rash will erupt.

3. Unlike chickenpox, Shingles can be painful and can lead to long-term nerve pain.

4. Your Risk For Shingles Increases As You Get Older

5. Your immune system weakens as you age, making it easier for Shingles to break through your body's defenses.

6. The Rash Can Last Up To 30 Days and is terribly uncomfortable and blistering. In many cases, it causes pain that has been described as sharp, shooting and throbbing. The rash can also be unusually sensitive to touch.

Over 50?

If you are 50 and over you may want to get a pneumonia shot. Pneumococcal disease is caused by common bacteria that spread when infected people sneeze or cough. In some cases that bacteria may travel throughout your body causing infections that can make you very sick. Certain medical conditions also can increase the risk for developing invasive pneumococcal disease:

1. Diabetes

2. Heart disease

3. Lung disease

Come in and talk to our pharmacists today about your immunization needs. Or call

540-896-3251 today to schedule consultation. I'm always available to talk about what is best for my patients.

Don't wait! Get protected today!