Protect yourself and your family with immunizations from Rite Aid. It's a smart and easy way to protect your wellness and the wellness of the ones you love.
Rite Aid's top concern is working with our customers to keep them well. We want to help all of our customers achieve their complete wellness; and one way is by preventing many common diseases.
That's why Rite Aid provides immunizations for a wide variety of diseases - all administered by our specially trained Certified Immunizing Pharmacists. And why we provide you with the Free Immunization Evaluation that allows you to see what immunizations you may need to stay protected. Ensure your wellness by protecting yourself and your family with immunizations from Rite Aid.
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Immunizations available at Rite Aid*
See below for a complete list of vaccine preventable diseases that Rite Aid can immunize against. Click on specific illnesses for more information.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing or close contact. Symptoms include: fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough, headache, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches. While other illnesses have the same symptoms and are often mistaken for influenza, only the influenza virus can cause influenza. The influenza virus can cause mild to severe illness. Each year, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for respiratory and heart-related illnesses associated with the influenza virus, and thousands die from flu-related complications in the United States. Most of these deaths occur in the elderly, young children, and people with certain health conditions. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages and is the leading cause of death in children 5 years and younger worldwide. Pneumonia symptoms include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing.
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.
The varicella-zoster virus causes this very contagious disease. Those who have never had chickenpox, or been vaccinated for chickenpox, are especially susceptible and the disease spreads readily to these people.The virus spreads via the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Chickenpox can also be acquired through contact with, or breathing in, the virus particles from any open blisters. The primary symptom of chicken pox is a rash of itchy blisters, usually on the face, chest and back.
- WHOOPING COUGH/PERTUSSIS
Pertussis is passed from person-to-person and is a highly contagious disease found only in humans. It can be spread easily through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Many infants who get pertussis are infected by parents, older siblings, caregivers and other family members who might not even know they have the disease (Bisgard, 2004 & Wendelboe, 2007). If you’re expecting or have an infant or small child it is extremely important to encourage everyone in your family to get vaccinated. Pertussis symptoms can develop as soon as 7–10 days after being exposed, but it can also take as long as six weeks.
Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria that cause meningitis can sometimes spread to others. When this happens, it is oftentimes in places where someone is in close proximity to, or has prolonged contact with, a sick individual (e.g. in the same household, a daycare center, etc.). Such individuals are at an increased risk of getting meningitis and may need to take preventative measures such as taking antibiotics.
Tetanus is a bacterial infection caused by Clostridium tetani. Tetanus bacteria can be found everywhere in the environment, including manure, soil and dust.
The bacteria get into the body through broken skin from injuries by contaminated objects. The most common symptom is a painful tightening of the muscles all over the body.
Measles is an extremely contagious disease. It can be spread to others from four days before, to four days after, the rash appears (measles is a disease of humans; the virus is not spread by any other animal species). It’s transmitted in the air via sneezing, coughing, even breathing. Measles is so infectious that if someone contracts it, 90% of the people around that person will also become infected, unless they are immune.
Mumps is a contagious infection caused by a virus. Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of appetite and swelling of the salivary glands. Mumps can spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Sharing items like cups or soft drink cans may also spread the virus between an infected and non-infected person. When someone with mumps touches surfaces or items without washing their hands, and a healthy person touches the same surface and then rubs their mouth or nose, they will most likely get mumps.
- RUBELLA/GERMAN MEASLES
Rubella — sometimes called German measles or three-day measles — is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Rubella symptoms can include a rash, joint pain and muscle pain. Rubella is a very serious concern during pregnancy when rubella can harm or even kill an unborn fetus. Of those newborns that survive, there is a 20% chance of birth defects if the mother was infected early in the pregnancy. Those birth defects include deafness, cataracts, heart defects, mental retardation, and liver and spleen damage.
Diphtheria is a bacterial infection usually spread through coughing or sneezing. It may also be spread through skin lesions or contact with a contaminated object. Its primary symptom is a thick covering in the back of the throat that can cause breathing difficulty, paralysis, heart failure, and in some instances, death.
- HEPATITIS A
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease caused by a virus found in the stool of an infected person. It is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts. It is primarily spread person-to-person via close, personal contact, by drinking contaminated water, and sometimes by eating contaminated food. 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
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.
- HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV )
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. About 79 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. The American Cancer Society estimates that over 12,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 will die from cervical cancer in the U.S. in 2014.
- HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZAE (Hib)
Haemophilus influenzae disease, including Hib, is the result of the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae. There are six types of Haemophilus influenzae bacteria identified (a through f) and other non-identifiable forms called nontypeable. The most recognizable is Haemophilus influenzae type b, or Hib. Hib infection may result in pneumonia, meningitis, or bacteremia (infection of the bloodstream).
Polio (poliomyelitis) is a very infectious disease that attacks the nervous system. It is caused by a virus and transmitted from person-to-person, invading the brain & spinal cord, which may lead to paralysis. Polio is crippling, and potentially deadly. Polio has no cure, so inoculation with the polio vaccine is the best step in protecting oneself and the only way to keep the disease from spreading.
- YELLOW FEVER
Yellow fever is a virus commonly found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms can range in severity from a self-limited febrile illness to severe liver disease with bleeding. Yellow fever is diagnosed based on symptoms, laboratory testing, physical findings, and travel history, including the possibility of exposure to infected mosquitoes.
Typhoid fever is caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. It is a life-threatening disease. About 5,700 cases of typhoid fever occur annually in the U.S. Up to 75% of these cases are contracted while traveling abroad. It affects about 21.5 million people a year. It is still common in the developing world. Typhoid fever is rare in industrialized nations like the U.S., Western Europe, Japan, Canada and Australia.
- JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS
The Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus is the chief cause of preventable (via vaccine) encephalitis in the western Pacific and Asia. Depending on destination, duration of travel, season, and activities, susceptibility to JE varies, but the risk is typically very low for those travelling to Asia. Japanese encephalitis is perpetuated via a cycle that includes mosquitoes and hosts (typically those with vertebrae), predominately wading birds and pigs. JE is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.
*Vaccines available while supplies last. Availability and age restrictions apply in some states. See pharmacist for details. **Fact Source: http://www.cdc.gov