Shingrix, the new shingles vaccine, is now available at Gatti Pharmacy. This vaccine is recommended by the CDC for longer lasting protecting against shingles. Here's what you should know:
A Q&A adapted from Pharmacist's Letter website article December 2017
1. What’s this I hear about a new vaccine to prevent shingles?
There are now two zoster vaccines to prevent shingles, Zostavax, which has been on the market for a number of years and contains live zoster, and the new zoster vaccine, Shingrix, which is an inactivated shingles vaccines. The Shingrix vaccine contains no live virus, an important distinction from the Zostavax vaccine.
Did you know that Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control?
During Poison Prevention week each March, the nation’s spotlight turns to focusing on poisonings and how we can best prevent them. While this issue is one that is ever present, you might be astonished to know that social media is helping dangerous trends to continue. For example, a recent “Tide Pod Challenge” finds teens accepting dares to chew laundry packets and share the experience on social media. Clearly, this could lead to poisoning. Additionally, a few years ago, there was concern about Tide Pods being confused by toddlers for candy. These two examples could be followed by many more, and remind us that all age groups are at risk, not just small children.
How low should your blood pressure be? Recently, The American College of Cardiology and the
American Heart Association released updated blood pressure guidelines. While they focus on a
personalized approach to managing blood pressure, many more Americans will now qualify as
having hypertension, or high blood pressure, due to the lowering of blood pressure goals.
As cliche as it may be, fitness resolutions are still among the top of the list each year. And although many reports state people give up on these goals by February, StatisticBrain.com noted in their 2017 New Year's Resolutions poll results that those who do make resolutions are actually 10 times more likely to reach their goals than those who don't make any at all.
INDIANA -- Gatti Pharmacy hopes to help patients battle high medication costs by getting them the medications they need at prices they can afford through a new membership program.
The Gatti Team
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