As the world continues its battle against infectious diseases, significant strides have been made in the field of vaccinations. We want to keep you updated on what is available.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccination:
RSV is a very contagious respiratory illness that spreads in the fall and winter months. Most people get a mild illness from an RSV infection; however, it can make older adults and young children very sick. Two RSV vaccines were recently approved by the FDA, both shown to be 85% effective at preventing lower respiratory tract disease caused by RSV. The CDC has recommended that people age 60 and older get the RSV vaccine after talking with their doctor to see if it’s right for them. People younger than 60 are not eligible for the vaccine. At this time, we are carrying this vaccine at the pharmacy, but we don’t yet have standing orders. That means that until the standing orders are granted (we hope soon), you will need a prescription in order to receive the vaccine. As with all vaccines, we will try to bill your insurance, but we won’t know your final cost until we do.
The Ever-Evolving COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts:
As the COVID-19 virus continues to mutate, ongoing research aims to refine vaccine strategies to address new variants. A new vaccine designed to target the XBB variants—which are now the most common form in circulation—are expected to be available by the end of September or beginning of October. The FDA has to give the final approval and the CDC will have to identify who is eligible to receive this vaccine. We will update you when we know more and have them in stock.
Quadrivalent and High-Dose Flu Shots:
With the flu season approaching, the importance of influenza vaccinations cannot be overstated. Quadrivalent flu shots have long been a mainstay in preventive medicine, offering protection against seasonal influenza strains. However, for individuals aged 65 and older, high-dose flu shots are now available. These high-dose vaccines contain a higher concentration of antigens, which can potentially provide stronger immunity in older adults with weaker immune responses. As the medical community strives to keep up with evolving flu strains, these vaccine options ensure a tailored approach to flu prevention. We have both the regular and high-dose flu shots in stock now.
In a world where information travels at the speed of light, staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in vaccinations is paramount. The news can be confusing as you wait for updates on when vaccinations are available and who should get them. As new research emerges and vaccination guidelines evolve, we strive to be your reputable resource. By staying informed, you can make educated decisions for yourself and your loved ones, contributing to a healthier and safer community.
The following vaccinations are available at Norland Avenue Pharmacy on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm and Saturdays from 9am-12pm: Quadrivalent & High Dose Flu Shots, Tdap, Hepatitis A & B, Pneumovax 23, Prevnar 20, Shingrix, & RSV