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VACCINATIONS AT COSTCO PHARMACIES
VACCINATIONS AT COSTCO PHARMACIES
Pharmacy SHINGLES IS A painful, blistering rash caused by the same virus that causes
chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles. The chickenpox
virus stays dormant in the nervous system and can reactivate as shingles.
Almost one out of every three people
in the United States will develop shingles
in their lifetime. The shingles rash usually
lasts for two to four weeks, although
some people have more serious complications, such as pneumonia, hearing or
vision loss, or long-term nerve pain.
Risk factors for shingles include:
• Being over 50 years old
• Having a medical condition that
weakens your immune system, such as
certain cancers or HIV
• Taking medications that weaken
your immune system, such as steroids
or transplant drugs
Antiviral treatment is available for shin-
gles, but is not always effective. If started
within 72 hours
of rash onset, it
may reduce the
duration of the
best way to
risk of getting
shingles and its
complications is by getting vaccinated.
The shingles vaccine (Zostavax) is a one-
time vaccination for adults that provides
protection against this disease. Zostavax
is available at your local Costco Pharmacy
and is covered by most insurance
plans. Call or stop by your local
Costco Pharmacy to check availability.
Age restrictions vary by state. C
PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE KILLS thousands of adults in the United States each
year, and hospitalizes thousands more.
Pneumococcal disease can result in serious
infections of the lungs, blood and brain. It is
spread from person to person by direct contact, coughing and/or sneezing. The best protection from pneumococcal disease is getting
the pneumonia vaccine.
THE FOOD AND Drug Administration
(FDA) recently strengthened its words
of caution for people who use nonste-roidal anti-in;ammatory drugs, or
NSAIDs. Examples of NSAIDs are
ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) and
naproxen (Aleve). The FDA’s new language applies to prescription products.
The FDA has also requested updates
to over-the-counter NSAIDs’ product
labels. Current over-the-counter product labels warn consumers about the
risk of heart attack or stroke with
increased dose and duration of use.
Among the new warnings for prescription products:
• The risk of heart attack or stroke
can occur as early as the ;rst weeks of
using an NSAID. The risk may increase
with longer use of the NSAID.
• NSAIDs can increase the risk of
heart attack or stroke in patients with
or without heart disease or risk factors
for heart disease.
Essentially, what’s important to
know is that the risk of heart attack or
stroke may increase if you use more
NSAIDs than directed or for longer
Researchers have known for
many years that these drugs, in high
New information on
pain reliever risks
doses, can increase the risk of heart
disease and stroke. However, NSAIDs
are also powerful tools for easing the
pain of arthritis, headaches and muscle injuries.
In order to balance the bene;ts
versus the risks, the short answer
offered by most medical professionals
is: Take as small a dose of a medicine
as is appropriate and/or prescribed,
and take it for only as long as you
need it or are directed to take it. Talk
to your health-care professional or
pharmacist if you have questions or
concerns about NSAIDs or which
medicines contain them. C
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention recommends pneumonia vaccination for adults over age 65. They also recommend vaccination for younger people with
certain medical conditions. Having a chronic
illness, such as heart or lung disease, or a weakened immune system can increase one’s risk
for pneumococcal infection.
Check with your Costco pharmacist to
find out which vaccine and dosing schedule is
right for you. The vaccine is covered by most
insurance plans. Vaccine and age restrictions vary by state. Costco provides immunizations to children 9 years and older. C