Vaccines = prevention!

A very little girl

Creative Commons License photo credit: Alex E. Proimos

Prevent & Protect!

Get a Tdap booster at Donlon Healthmart and stop Whooping Cough before you pass it on to others!

That little girl in the photo is too young to have finished the vaccine series that will protect her from Pertussis (Whooping cough).

 

The man holding her hand may not know that his immunity has probably faded and he could easily carry the disease to her without having any symptoms that suggest whooping cough.

 

We now offer this important vaccine right here at the pharmacy!  Boostrix (Tetanus, Diphtheria & acellular Pertussis vaccine) is approved for use in all patients above age 10.  It is partly covered by your Medicare D pharmacy benefit.

 

This vaccine is recommended by the CDC for anyone who has or expects to come in contact with pertussis infected individuals and/or children vulnerable to such infection.  A single booster like this is recommended for all adults, including those over age 65.

 

Remember that an adult may have whooping cough without having the classic “whooping” symptom which is most pronounced in babies.  Adults may also be carrying the infection without even realizing they have anything at all.  Vaccines are the safest and most effective way to prevent this illness and prevent its spread.   Contact Matthew at the pharmacy if you have questions about it.  Or stop by any day to get the vaccine:  just ask your doctor to send us a prescription first!

 

More details in the Vaccines Section.