Immunizations

Provide the protection you need to stay healthy

Yale Drug’s certified healthcare professionals administer CDC-recommended immunizations for adolescents, adults, seniors and children. Immunizations provide essential protection to you and your family by lowering your risk of vaccine-preventable illness. The following immunizations are currently available at Yale Drug.

About Flu (Influenza)

The flu is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and can be highly contagious. The influenza virus spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough, headache, and muscle aches. The illness level ranges from mild to severe, and in severe cases may lead to death.

Who should receive this vaccine

  • The flu vaccine is now recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
  • High-dose flu shots can be available for those age 65 and older.

About Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a lung disease that can infect the upper respiratory tract and can spread to the blood, lungs, middle ear or nervous system. Pneumonia is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable illness and death in the United States. These infections can be prevented with vaccines and can usually be treated with antibiotics, antiviral drugs, or specific drug therapies.

Who should receive this vaccine

Anyone over the age of 65 should receive the Pneumonia vaccine.

About Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. Shingles is also called herpes zoster and is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. Anyone who has recovered from chickenpox may develop shingles. The risk of shingles increases with age and about half of all cases occur in men and women above the age of 60.

Who should receive this vaccine

Anyone over the age of 60 should receive the Shingles vaccine.

About Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is an acute liver disease that’s caused by the hepatitis A virus or HAV. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests small, even microscopic amounts of fecal matter. Ingestion typically occurs while eating contaminated food or drinks. Hepatitis A may be mild or severe, lasting anywhere from a few weeks to several months. In rare cases, liver failure or death may occur.

Who should receive this vaccine

  • People traveling to countries where hepatitis is common should receive the vaccine.
  • People with chronic liver disease should receive the vaccine.

About Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus or HBV. Like hepatitis A, it may start as an acute disease, causing a mild illness that lasts for a few weeks. In some people, especially infants, the hepatitis B virus lingers, causing a lifelong chronic illness. Hepatitis B is spread through contact with the blood and other bodily fluids of an infected person. However, you do not get infected from sneezing, coughing, kissing, or holding hands.

Who should receive this vaccine

  • Sexually active adults not in a mutually monogamous relationship receive the vaccine.
  • People with HIV infection receive should receive the vaccine.

About Tetanus

Tetanus enters the body through a wound or cut. It affects the brain and nervous system and causes extremely painful muscle spasms. Spasms of the jaw can make it impossible for you to open your mouth. This condition is often called “lockjaw.” Tetanus does not spread from person to person.

About Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a very contagious infection that makes it difficult to breathe. Severe cases can cause heart and nerve damage.

About Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is an extremely contagious respiratory infection that can lead to severe breathing issues, especially in young children.Pertussis spreads easily through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Pertussis first appears like an ordinary cold, but then causes uncontrollable coughing spells. A “whoop” noise is created when the person tries to breath in after coughing.

Who should receive the vaccine

  • Patients 10 years of age and older should receive a one-time dose of Tdap.
  • Adults previously vaccinated require a Td booster every 10 years.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases estimates 50,000 adults die from vaccine-preventable diseases or their complications each year.

Vaccine-preventable Deaths Per Year