Immunizations and Vaccines

Our immunization program is an integral part of providing patient-focused care at Fagen Pharmacy.  Not only can our pharmacists fill your prescriptions, but our Immunization Certified Pharmacists can educate you on adult immunizations and administer vaccines right at the pharmacy! Each of our certified pharmacists has successfully completed an immunization education certificate program offered through the American Pharmacists Association.

The following locations allow "walk-in" immunizations any time one of our Immunizing Pharmacists is working:

Illinois Indiana    

Click on one of the tabs below for more information about the various immunizations and vaccines available from Fagen Pharmacy.

Meningitis Vaccine

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection that can cause bacterial meningitis or blood infections. Bacterial meningitis is an infection that affects the covering of the brain and the spinal cord. Meningococcal infections can be treated with antibiotics, however many people still suffer serious complications or death from the infection. Bacterial meningitis is contagious and the bacteria can be spread through exchange of respiratory secretions (e.g. kissing).

New Indiana Legislation for High School Students

New legislation in Indiana now requires all inbound high school seniors to receive an additional booster of the Meningococcal vaccine before the first day of school. In an effort to streamline the vaccination process Fagen Pharmacy is able to administer the vaccine on a standing order. This means parents and teens will not have to worry about obtaining a prescription from their doctor. Fagen Pharmacy will also equip the student with a notification of vaccination to give to their attending school to verify their vaccine administration.

Those parents looking to vaccinate their teens can contact their local Fagen Pharmacy to set up an appointment with the immunizing pharmacist. A list of all Fagen Pharmacy locations and contact information can be in our store locator. If a parent has questions about the Meningococcal vaccine or the administration of the vaccine they can contact their local Fagen Pharmacy or visit www.voiceofmeningitis.org.

Who Needs the Meningitis Vaccine?

Meningitis can affect anyone, but it is most common in infants less than 12 months old and individuals 16-21 years of age. About 1,000-1,200 people a year in the United States get meningitis. The meningitis vaccine is now available without a prescription. Talk to your Certified Immunizing Pharmacist today to find out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the following are people at increased risk for meningitis who should get vaccinated:

  • College freshman living in dormitories
  • Laboratory personnel who are routinely exposed to meningococcal bacteria
  • U.S.military recruits
  • Anyone traveling to, or living in, a part of the world where meningococcal disease is common, such as parts of Africa
  • Anyone who has a damaged spleen, or whose spleen has been removed
  • Anyone who has persistent complement component deficiency (an immune system disorder)
  • People who might have been exposed to meningitis during an outbreak

Make an appointment to receive the vaccine with one of our Immunization Certified Pharmacists today at any of our Fagen Pharmacies.

More Information

For more information from manufacturers about meningococcal vaccines visit: http://www.sanofipasteur.us/vaccines

For more information from the CDC about the meningococcal vaccine: http://www.immunize.org/vis/meningococcal.pdf

Flu Shots

Fagen Pharmacy is committed to preserving the health and well-being of your family during the flu season. That's why we offer walk-in flu shots at your local Fagen Pharmacy. The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. It contains seasonal influenza viruses that are grown in eggs. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against specific influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

Influenza is a contagious disease that affects at least 10% of the population annually. It is caused by the influenza virus, which spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Other illnesses have the same symptoms and are often mistaken for influenza, but only the influenza virus can cause influenza.

Influenza symptoms include fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough, headache and muscle aches. Influenza kills about 36,000 people each year in the United States, most of them elderly. It is recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months receive an annual Influenza vaccine especially individuals ages 65 and older. Additionally, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has decided that there are no longer restrictions for individuals with egg allergies to receiving the vaccine and that the vaccine can be given at anytime during pregnancy.

Who Needs the Seasonal Flu Shot?

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.

Who Should NOT Get the Seasonal Flu Shot?

Talk with a doctor before getting a flu shot if you:

  1. Have ever had a severe allergic reaction to eggs
  2. Have ever had a serious reaction to a previous flu shot or
  3. People with a history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome that occurred after receiving influenza vaccine

If you are sick with a fever when you go to get your flu shot, you should talk to your doctor or nurse about getting your shot at a later date. However, you can get a flu shot at the same time you have a respiratory illness without fever or if you have another mild illness.

Make an appointment to receive the vaccine with one of our Immunization Certified Pharmacists today at any of our Fagen Pharmacies.

More Information

We encourage you to talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or visit the CDC Seasonal Flu Shot webpage for more information.

Pneumococcal Vaccine (Pneumovax)

Pneumococcal disease is a serious disease that causes sickness and death. In fact, pneumococcal disease kills more people in the United States each year than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined. Pneumococcal disease can lead to serious infections of the lungs (pneumonia), the blood (bacteremia), and the covering of the brain (meningitis).

Who Needs the Pneumococcal Vaccine?

The indications on when and how often to get the pneumococcal vaccine can be confusing. All adults ages 65 and older should receive the Pneumovax vaccine. Additionally, any adult between the ages of 18 and 64 should receive the vaccine if they smoke or have any of the following conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • Cirrhosis
  • Leaks of cerebrospinal fluid or cochlear implant
  • Asthma
  • Any disease or condition that lowers the body’s resistance to infection

A second dose is recommended for people 65 years and older who got their first dose when they were younger than 65 and it has been 5 or more years since the first dose. A repeated dose is also recommended for anyone with the following conditions:

  • Damaged spleen (or no spleen)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer, leukemia, lympoma or multiple myeloma
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Organ or bone marrow transplant
  • Taking chemotherapy
  • Long-term steroids usage

You must be 65 years and older in order to be vaccinated in a pharmacy with the Pneumovax vaccine. The vaccine is now available without a prescription. Make an appointment to receive the vaccine with one of our Immunization Certified Pharmacists today at any of our Fagen Pharmacies.

More Information

For more information from the Center for Disease Contro, download the pneumovax vaccine brochure.

Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax)

Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Only someone who has had a case of chickenpox - or has gotten chickenpox vaccine - can get shingles. The virus stays in your body and can reappear many years later to cause a case of shingles.

Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. It is also called Herpes Zoster. A shingles rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and can last 2-4 weeks. The main symptom is pain, which can be quite severe. Other symptoms of shingles can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach.

Who Needs the Shingles Vaccine?

Shingles is far more common in people 50 years of age and older than in younger people. At least 500,000 people a year in the United States get shingles. The shingles vaccine is FDA approved for all individuals 50 and older. Currently, the shingles vaccine is given only once per lifetime and in the state of Indiana it is no longer required that you have a prescription to receive the vaccine. 

If you have had shingles before it is still important to receive the vaccine as you are at a higher risk of having a recurrence. Talk to your Certified Immunizing Pharmacist today to find out when you are eligible to receive the vaccine!

Medicare Part D and some private insurance companies cover a part of the cost of the vaccination. Call one of our pharmacies to find out how much your co-pay would be. You must be 50 years or older in order to be vaccinated in a pharmacy with the Zostavax vaccine.

Make an appointment to receive the vaccine with one of our Immunization Certified Pharmacists today at any of our Fagen Pharmacies.

More Information

For more information about the shingles vaccine, please visit the Merk website:
https://www.merckvaccines.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/Merck-MerckVaccines-Site 

For more information from the Center for Disease Contro, download the shingles vaccine brochure.

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis can be very serious diseases. All three diseases are all caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds.

The United States saw as many as 200,000 cases a year of diphtheria and pertussis before vaccines were available, and hundreds of cases of tetanus. Since then, tetanus and diphtheria cases have dropped by about 99% and pertussis cases by about 92%.

Tetanus causes painful muscle spasms and stiffness, usually all over the body. It can lead to tightening of muscles in the head and neck so the person infected cannot open his /her mouth or swallow, or sometimes even breathe. Tetanus kills about 1 out of 5 people who are infected.

Diphtheria can cause a thick membrane to cover the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death.

Pertussis (whooping cough) causes severe coughing spells which can lead to difficulty breathing, vomiting, and disturbed sleep. It can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures and passing out from violent coughing. Up to 2 in 100 adolescents and 5 in 100 adults with pertussis are hospitalized or have complications, including pneumonia and death. Pertussis is particularly harmful in infants and it is important to receive immunization to help provide protection for infants and children.

Who Needs the Tdap Vaccine?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has the following recommendations for who should receive Tdap:

The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine is now recommended for women in the third or late second trimester (20th week or more) of their pregnancy. Tdap is recommended for all those who are close contacts of infants younger than 12 months of age – for example, parents, guardians, grandparents, babysitters, nannies, teachers, and those who have not previously received the Tdap vaccine.

Other adults, who are not close contacts of children younger than 12 months of age, are still recommended to receive a one-time dose of the Tdap vaccine. After your initial dose of Tdap, you'll need the Td booster every 10 years. But you don't need to wait to get the Tdap vaccine if you have recently been vaccinated with the Td booster.

The vaccine is not covered by Medicare Part B or D but may be covered by your private insurance. The Tdap vaccine is now available without a prescription. You must be 18 years and older in order to be vaccinated in a pharmacy with the Tdap vaccine.

Make an appointment to receive the vaccine with one of our Immunization Certified Pharmacists today at any of our Fagen Pharmacies.

More Information

For more information from the Center for Disease Contro, download the Tdap vaccine brochure.

Travel Clinic

If you plan on being out of the country, you may want to get vaccinated. In fact, many foreign places now require that you are vaccinated before they will allow you enter their country. Don't get disappointed when you travel abroad for work or vacation - visit our Valparaiso HealthLinc location on Sturdy Road and speak with our friendly Fagen Pharmacist about travel vaccinations.

Vaccines Work!

CDC statistics demonstrate dramatic declines in vaccine-preventable diseases when compared with the pre-vaccine era.
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4037.pdf

Since the first Fagen Pharmacy was opened in 1972, it has been the goal that each Fagen Pharmacy provides professional pharmaceutical services in a friendly and helpful environment. These are the principles present in each Fagen Pharmacy. Questions about the immunizations offered by Fagen Pharmacy? Please email us at immunization@fagenpharmacy.com.