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UW Health Pharmacy Patient Care Services: Immunizations

Prevention is the best defense against illness. UW Health Pharmacy Services can help you and your family stay healthy. Our pharmacists administer vaccines to help you avoid illness, including seasonal influenza, shingles, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

Influenza
  • UW Health's certified pharmacists provide vaccinations to patients age 6 years old and older. 
  • Vaccines in the pharmacy are convenient; you can walk in and receive your vaccination during normal business hours or call ahead to schedule an appointment.
  • The cost is often covered by insurance. Contact the pharmacy to see if your insurance covers the vaccine.
  • The typical flu season is September thru February. Contact the pharmacy for vaccine availability.  
  • Prior to receiving a vaccine, patients are required to complete a vaccine consent form (pdf).
  • Resources
  • Available at these locations:
    • 1 S. Park Pharmacy (quadrivalent and high dose)
    • 1102 S. Park St. Pharmacy (quadrivalent)
    • American Family Children's Hospital Pharmacy (quadrivalent)
    • East Pharmacy (quadrivalent and high dose)
    • Northeast Family Practice Pharmacy (quadrivalent and high dose)
    • Oncology Pharmacy (quadrivalent and high dose)
    • Union Corners Pharmacy (quadrivalent and high dose)
    • University Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy (quadrivalent and high dose)
    • University Station Remote Dispensing Site (quadrivalent and high dose)
    • West Pharmacy (quadrivalent and high dose)
    • West Towne Pharmacy (quadrivalent and high dose)
Shingles
  • Shingles is a skin rash that is often painful and caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox.
  • In October 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new vaccine to protect against shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster.
  • The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) made recommendations for the use of Shingrix prevent shingles disease.
  • The ACIP recommends that Shingrix be preferred over Zostavax because Shingrix is more effective and protects patients longer.
  • Persons who previously received Zostavax should also receive Shingrix.
  • Shingrix is NOT a live vaccine, and can be given to individuals with immune disorders.
  • UW Health's certified pharmacists provide the Shingrix® vaccine to patients 50 years of age and older.
  • Shingrix® does not treat shingles or shingles-related pain. Shingrix® is approved to help prevent shingles and is provided as a 2-dose series.
  • Side effects, such as pain, redness, and swelling, are common after getting Shingrix. Patients can lessen these symptoms by using over-the-counter medications or placing cool compresses where they received the injection.
  • Insurance Information
    • Since the vaccine is approved for patients 50 years and older, there may be issues with different insurance programs regarding where Shingrix can be given (clinic vs. pharmacy) based on your insurance benefit plan.
    • PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE PROVIDER TO VERIFY COVERAGE PRIOR TO RECEIVING THE VACCINE.
    • Due to a current supply shortage, Shingrix is only available through UW Health pharmacies at this time, to individuals with Pharmacy Benefit coverage (Medicare Part D).
    • Short-supply status is expected to last through June 2018, and supply may be limited for some time after that.
  • Shingrix is currently available at these locations:
    • 1. S. Park Pharmacy
    • 1102 S. Park St. Pharmacy
    • East Pharmacy
    • Northeast Family Practice Pharmacy
    • Union Corners Pharmacy
    • University Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy
    • West Pharmacy
    • West Towne Pharmacy
  • Resources
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap and Td)
  • UW Health's certified pharmacists provide the Td and Tdap vaccine to patients 11 years of age and older.
  • Td is a combination vaccine that protects against two potentially life threatening bacterial disease: Tetanus and diphtheria
  • Tdap is a combination vaccine that protects against three potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases: Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).
  • Insurance information:
    • If you have private insurance or Medicaid, your plan may or may not cover the vaccine. Please contact your insurer to find out.
    • Many Medicare Part D plans cover Tdap and Td for prevention. The co-pay (money you have to pay) for vaccination varies.
    • Medicare Part B does not cover the vaccine unless it is for an injury.
  • The Tdap vaccine requires a prescription from your doctor.
  • Contact the pharmacy to set up an appointment and for vaccine availability.
  • Prior to receiving a vaccine, patients are required to complete a vaccine consent form (pdf).
  • Resources
  • Available at this location:
    • 1. Park Park Pharmacy
    • 1102 S. Park St. Pharmacy
    • East Pharmacy
    • Northeast Family Practice Pharmacy
    • Union Corners Pharmacy
    • University Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy
    • University Station Remote Dispensing Site
    • West Pharmacy
    • West Towne Pharmacy