Vaccines & Immunizations

Current Vaccines or Immunizations
Available at Cass St Pharmacy Gundersen Health System

Influenza (flu shots) 

The flu virus changes from year to year. The yearly vaccine is developed based on the flu strains experts believe will be the most common during the flu season. Individuals at increased risk of the flu and its complications are young children, people 65 years and older, pregnant women, and those with a weakened immune system or chronic health conditions such as heart, lung, or kidney disease. The flu season ranges from October to March, with peaks occurring in late January and February. Protect yourself and those around you by receiving your flu vaccine every year.

Shingles

If you have had chickenpox during your life, you are at risk of developing shingles. Shingles can be very painful and potentially lead to other complications. The shingles vaccine can help reduce the risk by 50% as well as decrease the severity of the case of shingles if you were to develop it despite vaccination. This is a one-time vaccine indicated for people aged 60 and older.

Tetanus/pertussis

This vaccine helps protect against 3 different diseases including pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.  The Tdap vaccine is especially important for health care professionals, pregnant women, and anyone having close contact with babies younger than 1 year.  However, everyone should receive at least one dose of the Tdap vaccine during their lifetime. Protect yourself as well as those most vulnerable around you by getting vaccinated.

Pneumonia

The pneumococcal vaccine helps protect against bacteria that can lead to serious infections in the lungs (pneumonia), blood, or brain (meningitis). Although anyone can get pneumococcal disease, you are at great risk if you are over the age of 65 or have certain medical conditions such as diabetes, heart, kidney, or lung diseases.  Talk to your pharmacist today to determine if this vaccine is appropriate for you.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is spread through contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily fluids.  The virus can attack the liver and lead to liver failure or cancer.  If you are exposed to blood or bodily fluids through your job, lifestyle behaviors (sex, IV drug use), have diabetes, chronic liver or kidney disease, or travel to certain countries, you should receive the Hepatitis B vaccine.  The vaccine is a series of 3 shots given within 6 months.

HPV

Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States and is the leading cause of cervical cancer is women.  This vaccine covers 4 different types of HPV and is used to prevent cervical, anal, and vaginal cancers.  The HPV vaccine is recommended for both males and females aged 11 to 26 years, with greater response to the vaccine at 11 or 12 years of age.  This vaccine is a 3-dose series that is completed within 6 months.

We encourage you to talk to with one of our pharmacists about these vaccines.

We can provide them to you on-site and follow up by sending the information to your regular doctor. Insurance billing is also available.