Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center (AUPCC)
At the Auburn University Employee Pharmacy, we provide adult immunizations for our Auburn employees and their dependents. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for our employees to get their shots. We offer them in the AUPCC and bring them with us when we go off-site for Healthy Tigers® screenings, as well.
AU Employee Pharmacy Vaccinations include:
- Annual flu vaccines
- Each year, beginning in the fall, we offer vaccination against the flu. This vaccination is recommended in all people over the age of 6 months who are able to take it. We currently are able to offer flu shots to patients aged 19 and older. Influenza virus causes fever, headache, cough, chills, fatigue, and muscle soreness. It can also lead to serious complications, especially in children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Vaccination protects both you and those around you from the spread of the virus.
- Pneumovax® and Prevnar®
- A series of these vaccinations are recommended for all individuals age 65 and older or individuals19-64 with chronic heart disease, asthma, COPD, emphysema, diabetes, asplenia, cochlear implants, taking immunosuppressant medications, have an immunocompromising condition, alcoholism, chronic liver disease, and for people who smoke. Some individuals may need a booster dose if they started the series before the age of 65. Pneumovax® prevents against 23 different organisms that cause pneumonia and Prevnar® prevents against 13. Pneumonia mainly affects the lungs and can range from mild to life-threatening infection. Patients with the above conditions are at higher risk for developing pneumonia and its complications.
- Vaccination against tetanus is recommended once every 10 years in people of all ages. Tetanus (also known as “lockjaw”) is a bacterial disease that causes painful muscle contractions that can interfere with breathing and lead to death. There is currently no cure for this disease.
- A one-time immunization is recommended for all patients over 10 years old. This vaccine is especially important for anyone who will be in contact with children less than two years of age. This vaccine takes the place of one tetanus vaccination, which is recommended for one dose every 10 years. TDaP also protects against “whooping cough” which is a serious disease in small children.
- This vaccine is recommended for patients aged 50 years and older to protect against the virus that causes shingles. Shingles is a painful rash that develops in people who are infected with the virus that causes chicken pox. Patients that have had previous outbreaks of shingles who are vaccinated with Zostavax report fewer and less severe outbreaks.
- Hepatitis B
- Hep B vaccination is recommended for all people who may be exposed to bodily fluids. This includes people who work in a healthcare setting. Patients with increased risk for severe infection, including patients with diabetes, chronic liver disease, HIV, and end-stage-renal disease are also recommended to have this vaccination. Hep B vaccination is given in a 3-dose series and is not complete until all three doses are complete or blood levels reach a certain level. For people who have started, but not finished the Hep B series, revaccination with all three doses is recommended. Hep B causes liver infection that may last for more than six months. This condition can increase the risk for liver failure, liver cancer, or serious liver injury.
Pharmacists are immunization experts and a convenient resource for information about immunizations. If you have a question concerning immunizations, call us today at 334-844-4099 or 334-844-8938 and ask to speak to a pharmacist.
Last Updated: March 29, 2017