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With age comes a great many things: wisdom, maturity, beauty… And also a weaker immune system! This places adults over the age of 65 at greater risk for severe complications from influenza.

Prevention is an important step to keeping healthy this flu season, and getting a flu vaccine is crucial.

 

Standard Dose

(Quadrivalent)

High Dose

(Trivalent)

Protection

2 influenza A viruses + 2 influenza B viruses (broader protection with both B viruses included in vaccine)

2 influenza A + 1 influenza B.  Contains four times the amount of antigen (prompts the body to make antibodies) contained in regular flu shots, to create a stronger immune response.

Vaccine Types

Standard shot – age 6 months and above

High-Dose shot – designed specifically for age 65 and above

Flu Season

In the US, flu activity peaks in January and February, but can begin as early as October and continue as late as May. Vaccines take 2 weeks to build immunity in the body.

Safety

Flu vaccines are safe. Vaccine viruses used are inactivated (“killed”) or weakened and CANNOT cause influenza.

Effectiveness

60% less likely to need treatment for flu after get vaccination. Also reduces other illnesses, antibiotic use, time off work, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Side Effects

Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given; fever (low grade); aches

Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given; fever (low grade); aches; headache; potential for increased local side effects

NOTE: Public Health experts have not recommended one type of flu vaccine more highly than another for people 65 and older. They advise getting any type of flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.
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Wow, it really is true, the years do seem to go by quicker and quicker.  Can you believe we are already wrapping up 2017?  Because, we sure can’t! As we head into 2018 the team at MediCenter would like to send a friendly reminder to bring your prescription insurance card with you to the pharmacy during your first prescription fill at the first of the year.  

The start of a new year often brings changes, and one being new insurance for many of us.  We strive to do our best in filling the community’s prescriptions quickly, efficiently and accurate.  To ensure we don’t delay your day, providing us with the most recent copy of your insurance card will allow us to update your information and successfully submit claims. 

We’d also like to invite community members who are not using MediCenter Pharmacy to fill your first prescription of 2018 at our pharmacy.  With many of us committing to better health, let us help you with your medications!  We offer a variety of programs that will simplify your life when filling prescriptions.   Consider our MedEasy program that allows for one monthly pickup of all your prescriptions.  We can text you when prescriptions are ready or simply deliver them to your home or work.  We guarantee you will appreciate our friendly, helpful staff. 

Call us or stop by if you have questions about your insurance or if you are interested in transferring your prescriptions to MediCenter Pharmacy.  

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To all our friends and family who have a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, this information is for you! Did you know Medicare Part D plans change yearly? The copays on your medications, the list of medications covered, the plan premiums and deductibles all change each year! And since these plans change yearly, that means your costs do not stay the same. And this is why we highly encourage you to review available Medicare Part D plans each year during open enrollment, which is now!

 

Open Enrollment began October 15th and goes through December 7th.  We recommend you stop by our pharmacy during this enrollment period to receive a free Med D evaluation.  We will go through your current prescriptions and give you a list of available Medicare Part D plans for 2018 and the costs of each plan, including premiums, deductible, copay information and more. 

Don't pay more for your prescriptions in 2018, let us assist you in finding the best plan based on your prescriptions!

 

Stop by the pharmacy or give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.  

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