Immunizations

At Apothecare, our pharmacists are fully trained and knowledgeable in a wide range of vaccine-preventable diseases, and the administration of the related vaccine.

Apothecare Pharmacists are available to administer the following vaccines:

Influenza (Flu)*
As flu season approaches, it is important to have a plan to make sure you are prepared and protected. Pharmacists are leading the charge to get more and more people immunized against this, and other potentially life threatening infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 200,000 people each year are hospitalized as a result of flu-related complications, and estimate that over 1 million Americans will develop shingles this year. All adults should receive a vaccine every year, typically in the fall/winter.

Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap; Boostrix®, Adacel®)*
All adults should receive a one time dose which includes whooping cough protection (pertussis). Adults should be revaccinated with a Td booster every 10 years.

Varicella (Chicken Pox; Varivax®)*

Massachusetts law requires healthcare providers to report immunization information to a computerized registry known as the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS). The MIIS stores immunization records for you and your healthcare provider. Keeping track of this information enables you to access your records when you need them and helps ensure that you are up to date on all of your immunizations. All information in the MIIS is kept secure and confidential. The MIIS allows information to be shared with healthcare providers, school nurses, local boards of health, and state agencies concerned with immunizations. You have the right to object to the sharing of your immunization information across providers in the MIIS; for more information, please ask a pharmacist, visit the MIIS website at www.mass.gov/dph/miis or contact the Massachusetts Immunization Program directly at (617) 983-6800 or (888) 658-2850.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV; Gardasil®)*
Women under age 26 or men under age 21 may need to receive this series of vaccinations.

Zoster (Shingles; Zostavax®)*
It is recommended that all adults over 60 years of age receive this vaccine, unless contraindicated.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)*

Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Pneumovax 23®)*
Adults 65 years of age or old may need this vaccine. It is also recommended that adults who have certain high-risk conditions receive this vaccine.

Meningococcal (Menactra®, Menomune ®)*

Hepatitis A (Havrix®, Vaqta®)*

Hepatitis B (Engerix-B®, Recombivax HB®)*

*Further screening by the pharmacist will be required to determine your eligibility to receive each vaccination. Availability of the vaccine does not guarantee insurance coverage. Copayment, if applicable, will be required at the time of service.

Pharmacist-administered vaccinations are covered by most Medicare and commercial prescription insurance plans. Contact us today to consult with a pharmacist as to which vaccinations you are eligible to receive. Our pharmacists are available to immunize either at the pharmacy or in the comfort of your own home (by appointment). Why schedule a visit to your doctor for one of these vaccines when one of our highly qualified Pharmacists is just a phone call away!