Are You Up to Date on Your Winter Vaccines?
As the days get shorter and we huddle indoors, the potential for seasonal illnesses can rise. Hawthorne Pharmacy offers vaccines to keep you protected all winter long.
Get Your Flu Vaccine This Fall
The flu is a respiratory illness that spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or talking. Most people will recover from the common flu symptoms like fever, chills, fatigue, or sore throat in 1-2 weeks.
However, some groups face a higher chance of developing complications from the flu. This includes children under 5, pregnant women, adults with chronic health conditions, and adults 65 or older. In some cases, severe flu complications can lead to hospitalization, worsening of related symptoms, or even death.
Who should get vaccinated for the flu?
The flu vaccine is safe and effective for adults of all ages, children above 6 months, and even pregnant women.
When should I get my flu vaccination?
Most people should get a flu vaccination once a year, at the beginning of every flu season. September and October allow the best chances for immunity throughout the winter. If you missed getting your shot in the fall, it is better to get vaccinated in the later winter months than not at all.
When you get your flu shot at Hawthorne Pharmacy, we contribute a portion of our proceeds to local food banks like Harvest Hope. Do good for yourself this season and give back to the community! Learn more about Flu Shots for a Cause.
Protect Yourself from RSV This Winter
RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. An RSV infection will usually lead to mild symptoms such as decreased appetite, wheezing, coughing, sneezing, and fever. In more serious cases, this virus can cause low oxygen levels, shortness of breath, bronchiolitis, or pneumonia. Those at risk for RSV complications include babies less than 1 year old, adults with chronic health conditions, and older adults.
Who should get vaccinated for RSV?
The CDC recommends the RSV vaccine for all adults aged 60 and older. To protect unborn babies and infants, it is also recommended that women receive the vaccine between weeks 32 and 36 of pregnancy.
When should I get my RSV vaccination?
RSV is most active during the fall and winter, so you should get your RSV vaccine between September and January. The CDC currently recommends that the RSV vaccine be administered once per person.
Get Your Pneumonia Vaccination at Hawthorne
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, often caused by bacterial or viral infections. Symptoms of pneumonia include chest pain, shortness of breath, cough, mucus, and fever. People at an increased risk of contracting pneumonia include children under 5, adults over 65, cigarette smokers, and people with ongoing medical conditions.
Who should get vaccinated for the pneumonia?
High-risk individuals including children and adults should receive a pneumonia vaccine. In addition, immunizations for related respiratory illnesses like flu, RSV, and COVID-19 can lower the risk of contracting pneumonia.
When should I get my pneumonia vaccination?
A complete series of the Pneumococcal Pneumonia vaccine is only needed once per person.
Hawthorne Carries the Updated COVID-19 Vaccine
As scientists continue to study and classify the mutations of the coronavirus, the public must remain vigilant to stay protected from new variants of the disease. The updated vaccine gives you the best chance for immunity against these newest forms of COVID-19.
Who should get the updated COVID vaccine?
This vaccine is currently safe for adults and children above age 12.
When should I get my COVID vaccination?
The FDA considers the new COVID vaccine to be an updated version with better protection as the virus continues to change. Because of this update, a yearly COVID vaccine is recommended at the start of each fall or winter.
Take Care of Yourself with Hawthorne
Are you dropping by Hawthorne Pharmacy soon? Ask about our winter vaccines while you’re here! We have immunization pharmacists who are happy to serve you at all 8 locations. Have more questions about vaccines? Get in touch!