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Get Your Vaccinations Today Many adults assume that the vaccinations they received as children protect them for the rest of their lives. For some vaccinations, this is true. However, many adults were never fully vaccinated as children. The effectiveness of some vaccines fades over time. Also, there are some vaccines available today that weren’t around even 10 years ago. Today, getting immunized is much easier and vaccines are more readily available than ever before. Many Bi-Mart Pharmacists are specially trained and certified to administer some of the most common adult vaccinations. Immunizations may be available by appointment or by walk-up and may vary by location. Contact your local Bi-Mart pharmacy for details.
Available Adult Vaccinations/Immunizations
Click on the links below to read more about these vaccinations or click here for vaccination locations and times:
* Not all vaccinations are available at all stores. Please contact your Bi-Mart pharmacy for availability.
Seasonal Flu (Influenza) Vaccine
Why get vaccinated?
Every year in the US on average…
  • 5-20% of the population gets the flu.
  • More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications.
  • About 36,000 people die from the flu.
Who should get vaccinated?
Anyone who wants to reduce the chance of getting the flu, most importantly those at high risk…
  • Adults 50 years of age or older.
  • Those living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
  • Pregnant women.
  • People with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, lung or heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and those receiving cancer treatment.
Who should not get vaccinated?
  • People with an allergy to eggs.
  • Those who had severe reaction to a flu shot in the past.
  • Anyone currently with a moderate to severe illness accompanied by a fever.
When should I get vaccinated?
October or November is the best time to get your yearly vaccination but getting vaccinated in December or later can still be beneficial.
Can you get the flu from the vaccine?
No, the flu vaccine is made of a killed flu virus and cannot cause infection.
Pneumonia (Pneumococcal, PPV) Vaccine
Why get vaccinated?
Pneumonoccal infections kill more people in the US than all other vaccine preventable diseases combined.
What is a pneumococcal infection?
Pneumococcal bacteria can cause serious infections of the lungs-pneumonia, the blood-bacteremiaM, and the brain-meningitis.
Who should get vaccinated?
  • All adults 65 years of age or older.
  • Anyone with long-term health problems such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, alcoholism, HIV/AIDS, and those receiving cancer treatment.
Who should not get vaccinated?
Those who had a severe reaction to the PPV vaccine in the past.
When should I get vaccinated?
Any time of the year is appropriate but it is often convenient to get the PPV vaccine at the same time as your yearly flu shot.
How many doses of PPV are needed?
Usually only one dose of PPV is needed. A second dose is recommended for people over 65 who received their first dose when they were under 65, if 5 or more years have passed. Also those with certain long-term health conditions should receive a second dose.
Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) Booster Vaccine
Why get vaccinated?
Tetanus is a serious disease which enters the body through a cut or wound and can cause serious and even life-threatening painful muscle spasms. Diphtheria spreads through germs of an infected person to the nose and throat of others causing breathing problems, heart failure, and paralysis.
Who should get vaccinated?
Everyone should receive a booster dose every 10 years after the primary series has been completed.
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccine
Why get vaccinated?
Every year over 1 million people in the US develop shingles.
What is shingles?
Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters that can last from 2 to 4 weeks. Its main symptom is pain which can continue in some people even after the rash clears up.
Who should get vaccinated?
All adults 60 years of age or older.
Who should not get vaccinated?
  • Those who have had a severe allergic reaction to gelatin, neomycin antibiotic or any other component of the shingles vaccine.
  • Those with active untreated tuberculosis.
  • People with weakened immune systems due to HIV/AIDS, people receiving steroids or chemotherapy.
When should I get vaccinated?
Anytime of the year is appropriate.
How many doses of the shingles vaccine are needed?
The shingles vaccine is a one-time only dose.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Why get vaccinated?
Hepatitis B is a serious disease that affects the liver. On average about 50,000 people per year become infected with hepatitis B and 3,000-5,000 people die from cirrhosis or liver cancer due to infection.
Who should get vaccinated?
All unvaccinated adults at risk for hepatitis B infection should get vaccinated.
How many doses of the hepatitis vaccine are needed?
The hepatitis vaccine is given in a series of three shots. The series are given on a 0, 1 and 6 month schedule.
Haemophilus influenzae Type B Conjugated Vaccine (HIB)
Why get vaccinated?
Haemophilus influenzae Type B (HiB) is a type of bacteria that can cause severe infections like meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord), pneumonia (infection of the lungs), epiglottitis (infection of the throat), and other infections.
Who should get vaccinated?
Anyone that wants to reduce their risk of developing a HiB infection, especially those with a greater risk…
  • Adults with sickle cell anemia
  • Adults with weakened immune systems due to HIV/AIDS, bone marrow or organ transplant, cancer treatment, long-term steroid use, spleen damage, or no spleen.
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
Anyone who has had a severe or life-threatening reaction to a previous Hib vaccine or have a serious allergy to the components of the vaccine.
How many doses of Hib are needed?
In most cases a single dose of Hib is enough, but in people with HIV or IgG2 immune deficiency 2 doses separated by 1-2 months may be suggested.
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Why get vaccinated?
Hepatitis A is a viral disease of the liver caused by ingestion of feces or stool from an infected person. It is a contagious disease that can easily be spread by contaminated food, water, and other objects – even with only microscopic amounts of feces.
Who should get vaccinated?
Anyone who wants to reduce their risk of getting Hepatitis A or those with a high risk of getting the infection such as…
  • People traveling to countries where hepatitis A is common
  • Men who have sexual contact with men
  • Users of illicit drugs
  • People with chronic type liver disease (Hepatitis B or C)
  • People treated with clotting factors
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
  • Anyone that has had a severe or life threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of hepatitis A vaccine
  • Those that are allergic to any component of the vaccine
  • Pregnant women should discuss vaccination with there doctor first
How many doses of hepatitis A vaccine are needed?
Hepatitis A vaccine is given as a series of 2 shots, 6 months apart.
When should I get vaccinated?
For anyone traveling to a high-risk country, the ideal time to get the first vaccination is two to four weeks before departure. However, getting the first vaccination anytime before departure will offer some protection for most healthy individuals.
Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV)
What is human papillomavirus (HPV)?
HPV is a common sexually transmitted virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer.
Why get vaccinated?
Currently, there are about 20 million people in America that are infected with the HPV virus and about 11,000 women diagnosed with cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine protects against the most common strains of the virus that lead to developing genital warts and cervical cancer.
Who should get vaccinated?
Women between the ages of 18 and 26 who have not already been vaccinated with HPV or who need to complete a full series of shots.
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
  • Those with a severe or life-threatening allergy to yeast or other components of the vaccine
  • Those that have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous HPV vaccination
  • Pregnant women
When should I get vaccinated?
The vaccine can be given at anytime in the year.
How many doses of HPV are needed?
The vaccine is given in a series of 3 shots
  • 1st dose: first visit or when appropriate
  • 2nd dose: 2 months after the 1st dose
  • 3rd dose: 6 months after the 1st dose
Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
Why get vaccinated?
Measles, mumps, and rubella are serious diseases that are easily spread from person to person through the air (coughing and sneezing). Measles can lead to very serious problems such as pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and even death. Mumps can cause deafness and meningitis, while rubella can cause birth defects in pregnant women.
Who should get vaccinated?
Those who are most at risk for getting the diseases…
  • Any student in college, trade-school, or schooling beyond high school
  • Hospital workers or other healthcare workers
  • International travelers, including cruise ship passengers
  • Women of childbearing age
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
  • People who have had a severe allergic reaction to gelatin, neomycin antibiotic, or a previous dose of the MMR vaccine
  • Those that have taken a blood test showing immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella or have already had two doses of MMR
  • Anyone currently with a moderate to severe illness
  • Pregnant women
  • People with a weakened immune system from HIV/AIDS, cancer, or long-term steroid use
How many doses of MMR are needed?
Either 1 or 2 doses can be given depending on the risk of exposure to measles, mumps, or rubella.
Meningococcal
Why get vaccinated?
Meningococcal is serious disease that can progress very quickly once a person is infected. Each year in the US about 1,000 - 2,600 people will get the disease. Even with treatment, 10%-15% of those people will die and many others will have permanent damage that affects them for life.
What is meningococcal?
Meningococcal is a severe bacterial disease that can cause bloodstream infections and meningitis, which is an infection of the fluid around the brain and spinal cord.
Who should get vaccinated?
Anyone who wants to reduce their risk of getting meningococcal and people who have a high risk of getting the disease…
  • College students living in dormitories
  • Military recruits
  • Anyone routinely exposed to meningococcal
  • Anyone traveling to or live in an area where meningococcal is common
  • People who no spleen or a damaged spleen
  • People with immune system disorders
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
  • Those who have had a serious allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine or an allergy to any component of the vaccines
  • Anyone currently with a moderate to severe illness
  • People who have had Guillain-Barré Syndrome should talk to their doctor first
How many doses of meningococcal are needed?
Either 1 or more doses can be given depending on your risk factors.
Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine
Why get vaccinated?
In recent years pertussis rates have risen in the U.S. among the adolescent and adult population, when previously it was almost only seem in young children. Getting vaccinated can decrease the risk of getting the disease as an adult.
What is Pertussis?
Pertussis, also known as the whooping cough, is an extremely contagious infection of the respiratory tract. It is caused by the spread of bacteria from close contact of infected people and can lead to severe coughing spells and other complications like pneumonia.
Who should get vaccinated?
All adults under 65 years of age should get vaccinated, especially…
  • Adults who will have close contact with infants under 12 months old
  • Healthcare workers that have direct contact with patients
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
Anyone who has had a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous Td or Tdap vaccination or anyone with a serious allergy to any component of the vaccines.
How many doses of Tdap are needed?
Only one dose of Tdap is recommended. Tdap should replace the next Td booster dose for adults under 65 that have not received it yet.
Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine
What is varicella?
Varicella (most commonly know as chickenpox) is a disease cause by an infection of varicella zoster virus. Varicella usually causes an itchy rash and fever, but can also lead to more serious problems like skin infections, brain damage, pneumonia, and death.
Why get vaccinated?
Varicella is usually a mild disease, but in adults the infection tends to become more severe and life-threatening. The varicella vaccine can help adults prevent getting the chickenpox and reduce the spread of the disease.
Who should get vaccinated?
Anyone who has never had the chickenpox or has never been vaccinated for the chickenpox should get vaccinated.
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
  • Anyone with a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of the varicella vaccine or
  • Anyone with a serious allergy to any components of the vaccine, gelatin, or neomycin antibiotic.
  • Anyone currently with a moderate to severe illness
  • Pregnant women
How many doses of varicella are needed?
Two doses of varicella vaccine given at least one month apart is recommend.
Poliovirus Vaccine
Why get vaccinated?
Polio is a very infectious disease that is easily transmitted from contact with infected people and can lead to the permanent paralysis of limbs. Although polio is an extremely rare disease in the U.S., it still exists in other part of the world. Vaccination is still important to protect people from exposure and to keep the rates of polio low.
Who should get vaccinated?
Most adults have already been vaccinated when they were children and do not need an extra dose. However, some adults with a high risk of getting the disease should consider getting vaccinated…
  • Adults that that have never been vaccinated for polio
  • Travelers going to area where polio is still common
  • Healthcare worker who treat patients with polio
  • Laboratory workers that handle the poliovirus
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
  • People that have had a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction to neomycin, streptomycin or polymyxin B antibiotic
  • Anyone with a serious allergic reaction to a previous dose of polio vaccine
  • Anyone currently with a moderate to severe illness
How many doses of polio are needed?
For unvaccinated adults the polio vaccine is given as a series of 3 shots…
  • 1st dose: at anytime
  • 2nd dose: 1-2 months after 1st dose
  • 3rd dose: 6-12 months after 2nd dose
For adults that have only had 1 or 2 shots in the past, they can get the remaining doses to complete 3 shots or if they have previously completed a 3 shot series they can get a booster shot of polio.
Typhoid Vaccine (typhoid fever)
Why get vaccinated?
Typhoid is a serious disease that affects 21 million people and kills 200,000 people around the world each year. Although it is uncommon in the U.S., many unvaccinated travelers have a greater risk of getting the disease in areas where typhoid is common.
What is Typhoid?
Typhoid (typhoid fever) is a disease caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. Infection occurs after food or drinks handled by an infected person are ingested. Typhoid causes symptoms such as fever, weakness, stomach pain, and death if not treated in time.
Who should get vaccinated?
People who are traveling to areas where typhoid fever is common or people who are in close contact of an infected person.
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
Inactivated Typhoid Vaccine Shot
  • Anyone with a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of typhoid vaccine or and allergy to any component of the vaccine
Live Typhoid Oral Vaccine
  • Anyone with a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of the oral vaccine
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system should not get the live oral vaccine including people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and long-term steroid use
When should I get vaccinated and how many doses will I need?
Inactivated Typhoid Vaccine Shot
  • One dose given 2 weeks before traveling is most beneficial.
  • Booster shots every 2 years are needed for people who stay at risk.
Live Typhoid Oral Vaccine
  • 4 doses are should be taken 2 days apart. The last dose needs to be taken at least 1 week before traveling to work best.
  • Booster doses are needed every 5 years for people who stay at risk.
Rabies Vaccine
Why get vaccinated?
Rabies is a serious viral disease that mostly affects wild animals, but humans can become infected from the bite of an infected animal. Most people do not notice symptoms right away, but weeks or years later they can develop pain, fatigue, irritability, and headaches followed by seizures, hallucinations, and death.
Who should get vaccinated?
Vaccine can be given before exposure of the rabies infection or after someone has been exposed. Anyone who has a high risk of exposure to rabies should ask getting about vaccinated, but if you have been exposed to rabies you should see your doctor immediately.
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
  • Anyone that has had a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of rabies vaccine or has an allergy any component of the vaccine
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system including people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and long-term steroid use (contact your doctor first)
How many doses of rabies are needed?
With no exposure to rabies, a series of 3 shots is recommended
  • 1st dose: given when appropriate
  • 2nd dose: 7 days after the 1st dose
  • 3rd dose: 21 or 28 days after the 1st dose
  • Booster doses can be given as needed depending on risk
Can you get rabies from the vaccine?
No, the vaccine cannot cause the disease because it is made from killed rabies virus.
Japanese Encephalitis
What is Japanese encephalitis?
Japanese encephalitis is a serious viral infection spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes. It is usually only found in certain rural areas of Asia during mosquito seasons. Infection from Japanese encephalitis can be life-threatening and lead to complications like paralysis and coma.
Who should get vaccinated?
Only people who live or will travel for more than 30 days to a rural area where Japanese encephalitis is common should get the vaccine.
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
  • Anyone who has ever had a life-threatening reaction to a previous dose of Japanese encephalitis or has serious allergies to components of the vaccine, mouse protein, or thimerosal.
  • Talk to you doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to wasp stings or if you are pregnant or nursing.
When should I get vaccinated?
A vaccine series should be completed at least 10 day before travelling to be effective.
How many doses of Japanese encephalitis are needed?
This vaccine is given in a series of 3 shots…
  • 1st dose: given when appropriate
  • 2nd dose: given 7 days after the 1st dose
  • 3rd dose: given 30 days after the 1st dose
  • A booster may be needed after 2 years
Yellow Fever Vaccine
Why get vaccinated?
Yellow fever is a serious disease transmitted by infected mosquito bites and causes flu-like symptoms, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), and can lead to major organ failure.
Is it true certain countries require yellow fever vaccination?
Yes, certain countries will require proof of vaccination before letting you enter. At the time of your vaccination, an International Certificate of Vaccination (yellow card) should be given to you to document your proof of vaccination.
Who should get vaccinated?
  • Anyone who lives or is traveling to an area where yellow fever vaccination is required
  • Anyone who is traveling to an area where yellow fever is common
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
  • Anyone that has had a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of yellow fever vaccine
  • Anyone that has a serious allergy to any component of the vaccine, eggs, chicken, or gelatin
  • Pregnant women
When should I get vaccinated?
The vaccine should be given at least 10 days before traveling.
How many doses of yellow fever are needed?
Only a single dose is needed before traveling. A booster dose can be given 10 years later if needed.
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