What is the first thing that you will think of if you step on a rusty nail at your summer barbecue? Hopefully, you think, “I’m so glad I just recently got my tetanus shot at Byrd-Watson Pharmacy!” However, if you believe you will be thinking, “I have no idea when I got my last tetanus shot and I’m not sure what to do about this nail in my foot!” – then keep reading!!

Vaccinations are very important for keeping you, the people around you, and your community healthy. In general, vaccines help prevent serious diseases that are also very dangerous for our children and the elderly, and if you get sick, then the people around you are at risk of getting sick too. If you get a vaccine, you are not only protecting yourself, but you are helping protect your children, grandchildren, grandparents… basically everyone in your life!

Another reason to keep up-to-date on your vaccines is that vaccinations you receive as a child could wear off and you can become at-risk for different diseases as you get older.

If you are travelling outside of the United States, you may also need to have additional vaccinations to keep you safe on your vacation. Even lifestyle choices or where you work can lead to you getting extra vaccinations and immunizations.

In general, everyone should receive a flu shot once a year, and everyone should also receive a booster shot for tetanus-diptheria every ten years. For those who are pregnant, it is recommended to get a pertussis shot at 27-36 weeks, and anybody who is going to be around children under the age of two years should also get a pertussis shot. For people older than 65 years of age, it is recommended to get a shingles shot and a series of pneumonia shots. Some people may be encouraged to get one pneumonia shot before they reach 65 years old and this is based on a variety of factors such as smoking or lung disease.

Keeping up with vaccinations can be a confusing and scary task, but your Pharmacy can help!! Please give Byrd-Watson Pharmacy a call anytime to see what vaccinations you need to receive. The staff at Byrd-Watson is eager to help and can assist you and your doctor to make sure that you are up-to-date on your vaccines.

Article by Laura Olsen / Pharmacist-in-Charge at Byrd-Watson Pharmacy