Vaccines and Immunization Services
Hilltop Market Pharmacy is staffed with certified immunizing pharmacists who provide a variety of immunizations including, Pneumonia, Shingles, Pertussis, Tetanus, Chicken Pox and more. See the full listing of vaccinations and information about the diseases and viruses below. Our specially trained pharmacists who have completed an extensive education program will administer the immunizations.
Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and even death. Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds.
Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by a virus found in the stool of an infected person. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating contaminated food. It can also be spread by drinking contaminated water. Hepatitis A can cause flu-like symptoms, yellowing of the skin and eyes, severe stomach pain and diarrhea. 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.
Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by a virus. It is spread through contact with the blood and other bodily fluids of an infected person (e.g. sex, sharing needles, toothbrushes, or razors, and tattoo or body piercing with un-sterile equipment). You do not get infected from sneezing, coughing, kissing or holding hands. About one third of people who are infected with hepatitis B in the United States don't know how they got it. Short-term illness may include loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, tiredness, yellow skin or eyes, and pain in muscles, joints and stomach. Long-term illness may include liver damage and liver cancer. Each year, it is estimated that 80,000 people, mostly young adults, get infected with the hepatitis B virus.
INFLUENZA (FLU Vaccine)
Influenza is a contagious virus that spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough, headache and muscle aches. While other illnesses have the same symptoms and are often mistaken for influenza, only the influenza virus can cause influenza. Each year, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized, and 36,000 people die, from flu-related complications. Most of these deaths occur in the elderly, young children, or people with certain health conditions.
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and the spinal cord, or the blood. It is spread person to person (e.g. coughing, kissing, sharing utensils). The most common symptoms are high fever, chills, lethargy and a rash. A headache, stiff neck and seizures may be seen with meningitis. In overwhelming infections, shock, coma or even death may occur within several hours. Meningococcal disease affects about 2,000 to 3,000 people each year.
PERTUSSIS (WHOOPING COUGH, TDAP)
Pertussis causes severe coughing spells, vomiting and disturbed sleep. It can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures, pneumonia, hospitalization due to complications and fainting from violent coughing. Pertussis is especially serious in infants and young children; it can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death. Pertussis is very contagious. Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds.
PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE (Pneumvax and Prevnar)
Pneumococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection that kills more people in the United States each year than all other vaccine preventable diseases combined. Pneumococcal disease can lead to serious infections of the lungs (pneumonia), the blood (bacteremia), and the covering of the brain (meningitis). It is spread person to person.
SHINGLES (HERPES ZOSTER, Shingrix & Zostavax)
Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Only someone who had chickenpox, or was vaccinated for chickenpox, can get shingles. The virus can stay in your body without causing symptoms, then reappear many years later to cause shingles. Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. It is also called Herpes Zoster. The rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and can last 2-4 weeks. The main symptom is pain, which can be quite severe. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach. Shingles is far more common in people 50 and older than in younger people. At least 1 million people a year in the United States get shingles. The newest vaccine, Shingrix, is readily available at the pharmacy. Come by anytime!
TETANUS (LOCKJAW, TDAP)
Tetanus causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to "locking" of the jaw so that it becomes difficult to open the mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in up to 2 cases out of 10. Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds.