- At Rye Beach Pharmacy, We Are As Committed To Helping You Avoid Getting Sick As We Are To Helping You Feel Better.
- No Prescription Needed For Any Of Our Immunizations
- Many Vaccines Are Covered By Your Insurance
- This Flu Season we are doing an appointment based model for Flu Vaccines.
- We are doing this to lessen your waiting time and COVID concerns.
Rye Beach Pharmacy administers the immunizations below:
Preservative-Free Influenza - (ages 5 & older for Standard Vaccine/ages 65 & older for High-Dose)
Shingles - (Shingrix & Zostavax)
Pneumonia - (Prevnar-13 & Pneumovax-23)
For Flu, COVID-19 and Shingles vaccines book through our website.
For Pneumonia, Meningitis, Tdap vaccines, call pharmacy department (ext. 5) to start the booking process.
Ages 5 and older are eligible for flu shots at the pharmacy.
All other vaccines, the patient must be 18 or older.
Information On Flu And Shingles Vaccines
Influenza (“the flu”) is a contagious disease caused by a virus and can be spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions. Both children and adults can contract influenza at any point during the calendar year, though occurrences are highest from November to May. We usually start vaccinating in September. By getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself from influenza and may also avoid spreading it to others.
We have plenty of SHINGRIX in stock and will keep a continuous supply for both of your doses. If other pharmacies have been giving you the runaround, we will make it painless. Call today to verify one of our Immunizing Pharmacists are on-site and then just come in.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I Get A Flu Shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending a flu shot for individuals age six months and older as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
Will My Flu Vaccine Also Protect Me Against H1N1?
Yes! The flu vaccines are also effective for the H1N1 virus.
Are There Any Side Effects To The Seasonal Flu Vaccine?
Some minor side effects that could occur are: Soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was administered; fever (low grade); aches or nausea. A complete list of possible side effects is available here.
Should I Get A Flu Shot At A Pharmacy?
A: You can feel confident that our certified pharmacists will be available to administer your immunization conveniently and professionally.
Want to save time? Download the Vaccination Administration Record and bring it with you to the pharmacy.
What Is Shingles?
Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful skin rash caused by Varicella Zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once you've had chickenpox, the virus remains in your body in a dormant or inactive stage. If the virus becomes active again you may get shingles. Age, increased stress, and problems with the immune system may increase your chances of getting shingles.
The shingles rash usually occurs on one side of the body, in a line along a nerve pathway. The rash begins as a tingling in the area then forms a cluster of small red spots that often blister. The rash can be painful. Shingles rashes can last 2-4 weeks, but in some people the nerve pain can last for months. For most people, the pain associated with the rash lessens as it heals. Other symptoms of shingles can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach. In some people, severe complications include pneumonia, blindness, hearing problems, brain inflammation, and even death.
You cannot catch shingles from another person with shingles; however a person who has never had chicken pox or been vaccinated for chicken pox could get chicken pox from someone with shingles.
Shingles is far more common in people 50 years of age and older. At least 1 million people a year in the United States get shingles. 1 in 3 adults will develop shingles in their lifetime.
What Is The Shingles Vaccine?
The shingles vaccine has been proven as the most effective method to reduce the risk of developing shingles. It can also reduce complications such as long-term pain caused by shingles. There are currently two vaccines available, Shingrix® and Zostavax®.
Who Should Receive A Shingles Vaccine?
The CDC recommends all healthy adults 50 years of age and older receive 2 doses of Shingrix® (recombinant zoster vaccine or RZV) 2-6 months apart regardless of a past episode of herpes zoster or receipt of Zostavax® (zoster vaccine live or ZVL).
Adults who previously received Zostavax® should get Shingrix®. They should wait at least 2 months after receiving Zostavax® to receive Shingrix®.
The CDC also continues to recommend adults aged 60 years or older, receive either available vaccine. However, Shingrix® is preferred the preferred choice of zoster vaccine.
Who Should Not Get The Shingles Vaccine?
You should not get the shingles vaccine if you:
- Are allergic to the vaccine or any of its ingredients
- Have a weakened immune system (cancer, certain immune disorders)
- Have undergone cancer treatment (radiation or chemotherapy)
- Take high doses of steroids by injection or by mouth
- Are pregnant or plan to get pregnant
- Have an active episode of shingles (wait until illness is over and symptoms have resolved).
What Are The General Vaccine Side Effects? What Is To Be Expected?
- Pain, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
- Muscle aches, tiredness, fever, shivering, headache, and/or stomach discomfort have also been reported after receiving Shingrix®
- Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
Side effects typically resolve in 3 to 7 days. Over-the-counter pain relievers may help ease certain vaccine related symptoms.
How Do I Know If I Am Allergic To A Shingles Vaccine?
Severe allergic reactions are uncommon. Signs and symptoms may occur a few minutes to a few hours after vaccination and include:
- Difficulty breathing or Wheezing
- Pale skin
- Fast heartbeat
- Swelling of the face or throat
It is extremely rare for this vaccine to cause serious harm or death. If the person getting the vaccine has a serious reaction, call the doctor or seek immediate medical attention.
On Location Vaccination Administration
Our on location clinics provide an efficient way to help companies and their employees stay healthy and productive.
A study in healthy employees between 18 and 64 who were vaccinated against influenza found:
- 25% fewer episodes of upper respiratory tract illness
- 45% fewer days off work because of upper respiratory illness
- 44% fewer visits to doctors due to upper respiratory illness