Little girl getting immunization

Be wise: Immunize

Getting routine immunizations isn’t just for travelers or children. Vaccines can help prevent infectious diseases and save lives, whether you’re a young adult or a senior citizen.

We sat down with Chauntae Reynolds, PharmD, to answer some of our questions about immunizations. 

How do I know what immunizations I need?
There are many resources available to help you determine which immunizations you need. Your doctor or employer may let you know which vaccines are required for you. The easiest way to find out is to go to the Vaccines page on the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) website. This website will link you to the recommended immunization schedule for children, teens and adults.

The most common adult immunizations needed are: flu, tetanus, HPV (genital warts/cervical cancer prevention), pneumonia, and herpes zoster (“shingles”)

How do I know what immunizations I already have?
Your doctor, pharmacy and/or employee health department documents all immunizations they give you. By contacting them directly, you may request a copy of your immunization history for your records.

In addition, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has a website called MyVaxIndiana that will allow you to request a copy of additional immunization records, if available.

Why are immunizations important for me, since everyone else has them? 
When you get immunized, you not only protect yourself, but also the people around you: your spouse, children, co-workers and friends. The reason many deadly diseases, such as polio and smallpox, are no longer a concern is because our parents vaccinated themselves and us against these diseases.

By continuing to receive recommended immunizations, you are helping to protect your loved ones and eliminate disease for future generations.

Are there adverse effects of getting immunizations?
Yes, but effects associated with vaccines are generally minor, such as redness or swelling at the injection site, headache, slight fever or feeling a little tired. These adverse effects typically go away within two to three days of receiving an immunization.

Can I get my immunizations at Wellspring?
Absolutely! We offer a wide variety of immunizations for people age 11 years and older at all five Wellspring Pharmacy locations. Many of the more popular immunizations, such as flu, shingles, and whooping cough are available without a prescription!

Our Wellspring Pharmacy team will work with you to determine if your immunization needs are covered under your prescription insurance plan.