FAQs

FAQ’s about Travel and Flu Vaccinations

Flu Shots (5)

Are flu shots covered by insurance?

Most plans now cover flu shots as a preventive service. If you’re not sure, call the Customer Service number on the back of your ID card to check.

Why do I need to get a flu shot?

Flu viruses change every year. Last year’s vaccine may not protect you from this year’s viruses because vaccines lose some of their effectiveness after six months.

Who should get a flu shot?

The Centers for Disease Control recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone age six months or older. The American Lung Association has found that the vaccine is even safe for asthma patients.

When should I get a flu shot?

Early fall is the best time to get your flu shot. Getting vaccinated early is important because the flu is highly contagious and spreads rapidly. Getting the shot before the flu season is in full force gives the body a chance to protect itself. Peak months for the flu season in Michigan are November, December, January, February, March and April.

Where can I get a flu shot for a group like a senior center?

Vickery Vaccines will come to your community or group.

General (9)

When should I schedule my appointment?

Appointment should ideally be scheduled 4-6 weeks before your departure to ensure adequate time between when you are vaccinated and when you leave.  However, even if you are leaving in a few days, a visit with a travel medicine expert will be beneficial in helping you to minimize risk associated with travel, and some vaccinations can still be administered.

How long will my appointment take?

The average vaccine appointment takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes. If you are having multiple vaccinations, it can take up to one hour.

Do you take medical insurance?

Most insurance plans do not cover travel vaccinations.  Please call and we can advise you which plans may cover them. In some cases we can process the paperwork for you if needed.   Some of the prescription medications that are prescribed will be covered depending of your specific prescription insurance plan.

What vaccinations do you provide?

  • Chicken Pox
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis A Adult
  • Hepatitis B Adult
  • HPV (Gardasil)
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus-diphtheria +/- Whooping cough
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever

 

What are the common side effects I can expect after receiving vaccinations?

The most common side effect from vaccinations is pain, redness and swelling at the site of injection.  Some patients will feel “under the weather” for a day or two after receiving vaccinations.  In rare cases, anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) can occur.

Do you offer group vaccines?

Absolutely!  We offer a vaccines for groups. And we will come to your location whether it is a school, church group or senior traveling club.

Why should I go to Vickery Vaccines instead of my primary care physician?

Jim Vickery, R.Ph., and our medical staff have extensive training  in travel medicine, and can prescribe the vaccinations and medications necessary for your trip. We are able to provide concise, yet in-depth, information tailored to your itinerary and medical history.  We have all vaccinations in stock and we are a Certified Yellow Fever Vaccination Center.  Often times physicians do not carry vaccinations related to travel.

Do I need a prescription from my doctor?

No, all prescriptions for vaccinations and travel related medications will be written here at the pharmacy.

Pharma Jet Needle Free Flu Shot (7)

How does the PharmaJet “needle-free” Injector work?

The spring powered Injector delivers the vaccine by means of a narrow, precise fluid stream, which penetrates the skin in about 1/10 of a second and gets the vaccine where it needs to be. No external power source is required.

How is getting a “needle-free” vaccination different from a needle?

The PharmaJet Needle-free Injector is fast and safe. Because it does not use any needles, it eliminates the possibility of needle stick injuries. The design of the syringe prevents any possibility of re-use and reduces the possibility of cross contamination. The PharmaJet Needle-free Injector also provides individuals an alternative to receiving a flu vaccination in a way that reduces anxiety associated with needles.

What does the “needle-free” injection feel like?

Not unlike traditional injections, individuals will respond differently to the needle-free injection. Some feel nothing, while others have reported feeling the pressure of the injection or a snap like a rubber band when the injection is administered.

Is vaccine delivery with “needle-free” as effective as getting it with a needle?

Yes. According to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), “Immune responses generated by jet injectors…are usually equivalent to, and occasionally greater than, immune responses induced by needle injections”.1

Additionally, a clinical study demonstrated that delivery of a flu vaccine with the PharmaJet Needle-free Injector compared favorably to traditional needle and syringe delivery.2

Sources:
1. ACIP/MMWR 28 January 2011; 60(No.RR-2). Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6002a1.htm
2. Needle-free jet injection for administration of influenza vaccine: a randomized non-inferiority trial, The Lancet, Volume 384, NO. 9944, p 674-681 August, 23, 2014; www.TheLancet.com

Are there any restrictions on the use of the PharmaJet Needle-free Injection System for patients taking certain medications?

No. However, patients receiving anticoagulants or persons with hemophilia or other coagulation disorders may have more post-injection bleeding and/or bruising. Consult your physician before having any injection.

What if there is bleeding after a “needle-free” injection?

Similar to a needle, following the PharmaJet injection, a drop of blood may appear. This can be minimized by immediately applying pressure to the injection site for approximately 60 seconds with a cotton ball or gauze. An adhesive bandage can be applied if needed.

Will there be any side effects after receiving a flu shot with the PharmaJet “needle-free” Injector?

Vaccines are capable of causing side effects regardless of the method of delivery, needle or needle-free.3

In a clinical study, the PharmaJet Needle-free injections had slightly higher local reactions e.g. soreness and bruising, than needle and syringe, but these were mild to moderate in intensity, well-tolerated and mostly resolved within three days. This did not impact the patient’s choice for needle-free as evidenced by 93% indicating they would choose to receive a needle-free flu shot again4 Check the vaccine labeling for a description of possible local reactions.

SOURCES:

  1. www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm
  2. PharmaJet, Inc. (2014) 61-10201 Post Market Surveillance – internal company report, February, 2015.

 

Travel (3)

What does a travel consultation consist of?

The travel consultation is a customized counseling session that will cover disease risk specifically for your destination country, including discussion on recommended and required vaccinations and medications.  Your itinerary, medical history and other special needs are all taken into account, and we are adamant about only recommending for you vaccinations that are necessary.  You will leave the pharmacy immunized, with your immunization card in hand, as well as a personalized travel booklet to bring with you on your trip.

What should I bring with me to my travel appointment?

Please bring along your previous immunization records if you have them, your prescription insurance card, and your travel itinerary or anything else you think will be relevant to your travel consultation session.

What documentation will vaccinated travelers be provided with?

A certificate of immunization is provided at every visit.  For those receiving yellow fever vaccination, an international certificate of immunization will be issued.

Questions not answered? Call us at 267-477-1010