Vaccines at Aurora Pharmacy

Let Aurora Pharmacy help protect you from common, preventable illness

You don’t have to make a doctor’s appointment or go to the doctor’s office to get your vaccines – just go to your local Aurora Pharmacy for common immunizations, such as the influenza vaccine (flu shot). Come to Aurora Pharmacy and let us care for you – helping you manage your health in many ways.

As a part of Aurora’s pharmacy services, we offer vaccines to protect you from diseases like influenza, shingles, tetanus, whooping cough, pneumonia, and other infections categorized as pneumococcal disease. Ask your Aurora pharmacist which vaccines may be beneficial for you.

Learn more about the illnesses our vaccines can prevent Influenza (the flu)

Typically, flu season runs from late fall to early spring. Symptoms, such as fever, headache, body aches, fatigue and cough are common with influenza infection. The flu is usually spread from person-to-person when infected people cough and sneeze, but it can also be transmitted when you handle an item that has been touched by an infected person.

One thing that helps the flu spread so easily is that people are often contagious for 24 hours before they start feeling sick. So they may give it to others without even knowing it. The flu can cause illness – from mild to severe – and can even cause death. The best way for you to prevent the flu is to get an annual influenza vaccine.

About Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Many people are not aware that pertussis (also known as whooping cough) is still very common and can cause significant illness for people of all ages. In Wisconsin, we are now seeing widespread outbreaks of whooping cough.

Whooping cough causes uncontrollable coughing, which can make breathing difficult. It is a highly contagious disease and is very dangerous for infants and young children. Young children and infants who are not fully protected by the vaccine are at the highest risk for severe illnesses that can sometimes be deadly.

The best way to prevent whooping cough is to get vaccinated. One dose of whooping cough vaccine (which is often called Tdap) is now recommended for all adults, especially those who are in contact with young children. As an added bonus, the Tdap vaccine also provides you with protection from tetanus and diphtheria. The Tdap vaccine is available at your nearby Aurora Pharmacy. Talk to your Aurora Pharmacist today about whether it is right for you.

About Pneumococcal Disease

Pneumococcal infection can cause pneumonia, infection of the blood (bacteremia/sepsis), middle-ear infection (otitis media) and bacterial meningitis. All of these infections can be severe and even life threatening. Many adults carry the bacteria that cause pneumococcal disease in their nose and throat. In some cases, those bacteria may travel throughout the body causing infections that can make you very sick.

People in the following groups are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease and are recommended for vaccination:

  • People who are 65 years of age or older
  • People who are 2 to 64 years of age and have any of the following health problems:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease
    • Certain types of cancer
    • Taking medication or radiation treatment that affects the immune system
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Kidney disease
    • A malfunctioning or absent spleen
    • Sickle Cell disease
    • Organ or bone marrow transplant
    • Liver disease
    • Alcoholism
  • Also at increased risk are people who:
    • Are taking medication or receiving radiation treatment that affects the immune system
    • Have a malfunctioning spleen or have had the spleen removed
    • Have received an organ or bone marrow transplant

About Shingles

Shingles is a painful, blistering rash that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once you have had chickenpox, the virus stays in your body and may return as shingles. The shingles rash may last up to 30 days, and, for most, the pain will decrease as the rash heals. But some people who develop shingles experience long-term pain that can last for months or even years.

Your chances of getting shingles increase after age 50. A vaccine, called the herpes zoster or shingles vaccine, is available to reduce your risk for shingles and its complications.

Please note: We do not provide vaccinations for young children, and we typically only immunize adolescents and adults. Ask your Aurora pharmacist about age-specific information before coming in for a vaccine.

Aurora Pharmacy – Putting You First

Aurora strives to have the best pharmacies in Wisconsin how? Better service, better quality, better integration, access to medication list and chart, relationships with MD’s. Along with all of Aurora’s clinics and hospitals, our pharmacies and prescription dispensing centers put patients first – always. Come to an Aurora Pharmacy, and get the savings, care and convenience you’ve been missing.

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