Pharmacy Immunizations

 

General Information

Schnucks Pharmacy offers many vaccinations to help keep our patients healthy. With no appointments necessary and flexible payment options, we strive to provide a world-class experience for your vaccination needs.

  1. Walk-Ins Welcome
  2. Flu shots available during regular pharmacy hours
  3. No Charge for Medicare Part B
  4. Schnucks Pharmacists are certified immunizers

Schedule a flu shot today!

 

Available Immunizations

Flu

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause mild to severe illness. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination every year. Every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from flu related causes.

Who should get vaccinated?
Everyone age 6 months and older should get vaccinated against influenza every year. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk for serious flu complications.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by hepatitis A virus (HAV). The virus can cause fever, fatigue, anorexia, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, and jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes). It is spread by the consumption of contaminated food or water and through occupational or personal contact with infected animals and humans. It is not a lifelong disease.

Who should get vaccinated?
People who are at high risk or those who travel to infected areas should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV). The virus can cause short and long term illnesses leading to liver damage, liver cancer, and possible death. It’s spread through contact with blood or body fluids.

Who should get vaccinated?
People who are at high risk or those who travel to infected areas should get vaccinated.

HPV/Cervical Cancer

Some types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer or genital warts. Cervical cancer affects about 10,000 women each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, and is expected to lead to approximately 3,700 deaths this year.

Who should get vaccinated?
Males and females, 9 to 26 years of age, seeking the prevention of cervical cancer, precancerous lesions, and genital warts should get vaccinated.

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

Measles, mumps, and rubella are serious diseases caused by viruses. All of these diseases are very contagious and are spread person-to-person through the air. Measles causes rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation and fever. It can lead to ear infection, pneumonia, seizures, and brain damage. Mumps virus causes fever, headache, and swollen glands. It can lead to deafness or meningitis. Rubella virus causes rash, mild fever, arthritis, and miscarriage or severe birth defects if a pregnant woman gets infected.

Who should get vaccinated?
All children should get vaccinated against Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Adults who have only received 1 dose of live MMR vaccine, had documented infection, those born before 1957, and high-risk individuals, should also get vaccinated.

Meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the linings surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by bacteria and viruses. It’s relatively rare but potentially fatal. Infection can progress to death within 24 to 48 hours or lead to permanent disabilities.

Who should get vaccinated?
All children and teens aged 11-18, first time students entering college (regardless if they live on campus or not), those traveling to areas where they will be at risk for disease, and those who don’t have a spleen should get vaccinated.

Pneumonia

Pneumococcal disease is caused by bacteria that can lead to serious infections of the lung (pneumonia), the blood (bacteremia), and the brain (meningitis). Pneumococcal disease kills more people in the United States each year than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined. This disease can be prevented by receiving a pneumonia vaccine. Pneumococcal disease is spread through coughing and sneezing of infected people.

Who should get vaccinated?
All adults age 65 and older should get vaccinated. Adults who smoke or have certain health conditions, such as Diabetes, or Asthma, should also get vaccinated.

Shingles (herpes zoster)

Shingles is a painful rash caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus (chicken pox). It occurs in people who have had chicken pox and is a reactivation of the dormant virus, often many years after the initial infection. Shingles is contagious and may itself cause chicken pox. The painful rash/blisters can occur anywhere on the body, even the face and eyes. The main symptom of shingles is severe pain. The best way to prevent shingles and its serious complications is to get vaccinated.

Who should get vaccinated?
Adults 60 years and older should get vaccinated, even if they have already had shingles. It is possible to get the disease more than once.

Tetanus, Diphtheria

Tetanus and Diphtheria are serious illnesses caused by bacteria. Tetanus bacteria get into the body through cuts or wounds, and causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body, including locking of the jaw. Diphtheria is spread through direct contact with an infected person, and causes a thick covering in the back of the throat, which can lead to breathing problems, heart problems, and paralysis. Both of these diseases can be deadly and can be prevented through vaccination.

Who should get vaccinated?
Everyone should get vaccinated with a tetanus/diphtheria booster every 10 years. Adults 19 to 64 should substitute Tdap for one booster of Td.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)

Tetanus is a severe infection that’s not contagious but can be fatal if untreated. It’s caused by bacteria which and can enter the bloodstream through a wound such as those caused by nails, splinters, or insect bites. 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.

Who should get vaccinated?
All children should get vaccinated with a series of 3 DTaP, and 2 boosters. Everyone should get vaccinated with a tetanus/diphtheria booster every 10 years. All adolescents and adults ages 11 through 64 years who have not received a dose of Tdap (replaces one booster dose) or whose vaccination status is unknown should get vaccinated with a single dose of Tdap as soon as feasible. Adults age 65 years and older who have not previously received Tdap, and who have close contact with a child younger than age 12 months, should get vaccinated with a single dose of Tdap to reduce the likelihood of transmitting pertussis to an infant. All healthcare workers, regardless of age, should get vaccinated with a single dose of Tdap, regardless of the time since the last dose of Td.

Varicella

Varicella (also called chickenpox) is a common childhood disease. It is usually mild, but it can be serious, especially in young infants and adults. Varicella causes a rash, itching, fever and tiredness. It can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia, brain damage or even become fatal. Varicella can be spread from person to person through the air, or by contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters. The Varicella vaccine can prevent chickenpox. Most people who get the Varicella vaccine will not get chickenpox; however, if someone who has been vaccinated does get chickenpox, it is usually very mild. They will have fewer blisters, are less likely to have a fever and will recover faster.

Who should get vaccinated?
Adults without evidence of immunity to varicella should get vaccinated.

Evidence of immunity to varicella in adults is defined as: Born before 1980, 2 documented doses of varicella vaccine at least 4 weeks apart, history of varicella or herpes zoster diagnosis, verifcation of varicella or herpes zoster disease by a healthcare provider, or laboratory evidence of immunity or disease.