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Flu Shots & Immunizations
One simple way to protect your whole family's health: Keep your immunizations up-to-date. All of our Rite Aid locations are staffed with certified immunizing pharmacists who can provide flu shots* (when available) and other vaccinations**—all with no appointment necessary. Unsure which immunizations you may need?
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Immunizations Available at Rite Aid
Below is a full list of the vaccinations Rite Aid offers and information on the illnesses they prevent.
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, and people with certain health conditions.
SHINGLES (HERPES ZOSTER)
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 and 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 two to four 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 one million people a year in the United States get shingles.
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 from person to person.
PERTUSSIS (WHOOPING COUGH)
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; in them it can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death. Pertussis, which is caused by bacteria, is very contagious and spreads from person to person.
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and the spinal cord, or of the blood. It is spread from person to person (e.g., coughing, kissing, sharing utensils). The most common symptoms are high fever, chills, lethargy, and a rash. A headache, a 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.
MMR (MEASLES, MUMPS, AND RUBELLA)
Measles, mumps, and rubella are each caused by a virus.
Measles is one of the more contagious diseases known to humans. Symptoms may include fever, cough, runny nose, and a rash. Complications of measles can include diarrhea, pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death.
Mumps symptoms may include swollen neck glands, headache, fever, and muscle aches. Complications can include meningitis, testicular inflammation, and permanent deafness.
Rubella symptoms can include a rash, joint pain, and muscle pain. A very serious concern is that in pregnancy, rubella can harm or even kill the baby. If the baby does survive, there may be complications such as deafness, cataracts, heart defects, and mental retardation.
Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The most recognizable symptom is a rash of several hundred to potentially more than one thousand itchy blisters on the face, scalp, and trunk. Other symptoms include fever, coughing, fussiness, headache, and lack of appetite. Complications can include bacterial infections, pneumonia, and encephalitis. Chickenpox is very contagious: it’s spread from person to person through direct contact and through the air (e.g., coughing, sneezing).
Tetanus causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to "locking" of the jaw, which makes it difficult to open the mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in up to two cases out of 10. Tetanus is caused by bacteria that enter 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 or 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 unsterile 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, yellowing of the skin or eyes, and pain in muscles, joints, and the 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.
Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death. Diphtheria is caused by bacteria and spreads from person to person.
HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV)
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. About 20 million people in the U.S. are infected. Most people have no symptoms and are unaware that they are infected. While most HPV infections eventually go away as the body clears the virus, some women will develop persistent high-risk HPV infections, which may lead to cervical cancer. Every year in the U.S., about 10,000 women get cervical cancer and 3,700 die from it.
*Certain limitations apply to wellness+ points. Government-funded shots or flu shots given in New York or New Jersey are not eligible for wellness+ points. Other limitations apply. See pharmacists for details. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine available in limited supplies. See pharmacist for details.
**Certain vaccinations may not be available in all locations. The availability of vaccines may depend upon state law. Age restrictions may vary by state. Please contact your Rite Aid Pharmacy to learn more.