VACCINATIONS – Learn more about what we offer
Iverson Corner Drug offers adult vaccinations with no appointment necessary, and can help to make sure you stay up to date on them. We also offer the influenza vaccine for children ages 10 and older. We are able to bill most insurances for your vaccinations, and provide competitive rates for cash prices. When preparing for vaccinations, please bring your insurance card(s) with you, dress in layers or shirts that allow access to the shoulder/arm, and know your allergies and medical conditions. Our pharmacists are knowledgeable in vaccination schedules, and are available to answer any questions about our vaccination services.
Flu (Influenza Vaccination)
Influenza is a common vaccine-preventable virus, and each year thousands of people in the United States die from influenza. The “flu” vaccine is available September through April, during the “flu season.” The “flu” is spread through coughing, sneezing, and close contact, and symptoms of the flu can include fever/chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache, and runny or stuffy nose. Protect yourself and those around you by getting the “flu” vaccine every year.
Shingles (Herpes Zoster Vaccination)
Shingles, also called Herpes Zoster or Zoster, is a painful skin rash that usually appears on the side of the face or body and typically lasts 2 to 4 weeks. The shingles virus is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox (Varicella Zoster), but shingles can result in pain, fever, headache, chills, upset stomach, and could lead to more serious symptoms. For 1 in 5 people, severe pain can continue after the shingles rash clears up. The shingles vaccine is available to people ages 60 and older, as the virus is far more common later in life. Ages 50-59 may receive the vaccine with a prescription from their physician.
Pneumonia (Pneumococcal Vaccinations)
Pneumococcal disease is commonly caused by Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria, and is a leading cause of vaccine preventable illness and death in the United States. Pneumococcal disease can lead to serious infections of the lungs, blood, and brain. There are two types of the pneumonia vaccines: one with 23 strains (pneumovax 23) and one with 13 strains (prevnar 13). Adults 65 years and older, children under the age of 5, individuals with underlying medical conditions such as asthma or diabetes, and individuals who smoke are most susceptible to getting pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia kills about 1 in 20 individuals who become infected with the disease. Ask your pharmacist about when you should receive your pneumococcal vaccines.
Td/Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Vaccinations)
Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all diseases caused by bacteria. Tetanus (lockjaw) can cause painful muscle tightening and stiffness all over the body, diphtheria can cause a thick coating in the back of the throat, and pertussis (whooping cough) can cause severe coughing spells, leading to difficulty breathing, vomiting, and disturbed sleep. Diphtheria and pertussis can be spread from person to person, while tetanus bacteria can be found in soil and infect a person through cuts/scratches/wounds. There has been a resurgence of whooping cough (pertussis) in Minnesota, which can be deadly in children. It is recommended to get a Td booster every 10 years, and a Tdap vaccine once in your adult life.
Please let our pharmacists know if you have any chronic health conditions, or if you are pregnant or immunocompromised, so we are able to ensure you receive needed vaccinations. Prior to vaccination, alert the pharmacist to allergies or previous reactions to any vaccines.
Be sure to ask about vaccines prior to traveling to a foreign country. As some vaccines require more than one administration, and take time to become fully effective in your body, ask about vaccinations 6 weeks ahead of time.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is the leading organization for management of infectious disease. The recommendations for vaccinations can change over time, refer to the CDC vaccination website for more information on vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases. The CDC also provides immunization schedules on their website.