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Vaccinations

Our immunization-trained pharmacists and nurses are able to administer the following vaccinations to help keep you and your family healthy!

Vaccinations Available at All HomeTown Pharmacy Locations

Influenza (Flu)

Influenza (or “flu”) is an infection that is caused by the influenza virus. The influenza virus is most active during the winter months and can cause fever/chills, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, runny/stuffy nose and cough in affected individuals. It is recommended that all persons aged 6 months and older should receive an annual influenza vaccination unless otherwise directed by their physician. The influenza vaccine is available in several different formulations that offer different routes of administration and also preservative-free options.

Arrive Prepared to Save Time

Download and complete the immunization questionnaire (VAR Form) when you are ready to receive the vaccine. Then, stop into your local HomeTown Pharmacy and give the completed form and a copy of your insurance card to our pharmacy staff. You will receive your vaccination within minutes!

Vaccine Info Sheet VAR Form

Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)

Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by the streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. Pneumococcal disease is often associated with causing pneumonia, but can also cause meningitis and blood infections in certain patient populations. There are two different pneumococcal vaccines that are needed in order for people to be protected against the many types of streptococcus pneumoniae that can cause infection. All persons aged 65 years and older are recommended to receive both the Prevnar13® and the Pneumovax23® pneumococcal vaccinations unless otherwise directed by their physician. For other aged patients, please contact your physician for further direction on whether you are eligible to receive these vaccinations.

PCV13 Info Sheet PPSV23 Info Sheet

Shingles

Shingles is a condition that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Varicella-zoster lies dormant in the spinal cord after one recovers from chicken pox but can reactivate later in life to shingles, which can have painful complications. All persons aged 50 years and older are recommended to receive the shingles vaccination, also known as Shingrix®, unless otherwise directed by their physician.

Vaccine Info Sheet

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis, also commonly known as “whooping cough” is a very contagious respiratory infection caused by the bacteria bordetella pertussis. This condition can cause uncontrollable and violent coughing which can make it difficult to breath. It most commonly affects infants and children and can sometimes be fatal. All persons aged 18 years and older are recommended to receive this vaccination to not only protect themselves but also to prevent outbreaks in our younger population. Pertussis vaccine is available in a combination vaccine (along with tetanus and diphtheria) called Boostrix®.

Vaccine Info Sheet

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis is a serious liver disease that can be caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). The virus can spread from person to person through contact with stool of an infected person (potentially due to improper hand-washing). Symptoms of hepatitis A can include fatigue, severe stomach pains, and/or jaundice (yellow skin or eyes, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements). The vaccine is recommended for children and adults with certain risk factors. Talk to your healthcare professional to see if this vaccine would be recommended for you.

Vaccine Info Sheet

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis is a serious liver disease that can be caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Acute hepatitis B is a short-term illness that can produce symptoms such as fever, loss of appetite, and/or jaundice. Chronic hepatitis B is a long-term illness that may not produce symptoms but can lead serious effects such as liver damage or liver cancer. Hepatitis B is spread when infected bodily fluid enters the body of a non-infected person. The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for children and adolescents younger than 19 who have not received the vaccine, and unvaccinated adults who are at risk for hepatitis B infection. Talk to your healthcare professional to see if this vaccine would be recommended for you.

Vaccine Info Sheet

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is an infection associated with many cancers, including cancers affecting the female and the male reproductive organs. HPV is usually spread through sexual contact, and can affect both males and females. The vaccine is routinely given at 11 or 12 years of age, but it may be given beginning at age 9 years through age 26 years. Ask your health care professional if this vaccine would be recommended for you.

Vaccine Info Sheet

Td

Tetanus and diphtheria are infections caused by bacteria. Diphtheria can be spread through coughing or sneezing, whereas tetanus-causing bacteria enters the body through cuts and scrapes. Tetanus is a medical emergency that causes painful muscle tightening and stiffness. Diphtheria can also be life-threatening by causing breathing problems and heart failure. The Td vaccine is usually given as a booster dose every 10 years. Other vaccines, Tdap and DtaP, additionally protect against pertussis and is sometimes recommended instead of Td vaccine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist which one is appropriate for you.

Vaccine Info Sheet

Additional Vaccinations Only Available at Our Mishawaka Location

  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Malaria
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Meningitis
  • Polio
  • Rabies (Only for pre-exposure)
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever