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Changes to hydrocodone refills — effective mid-October

Friday, August 23, 2014 the DEA announced that effective mid-October the pain reliever hydrocodone and its combination products (some trade names include Vicodin, Norco, Lorcet, and Lortab) will move from a Schedule III to a Schedule II under the Controlled Substance Act.

The new rule will only allow your doctor to write a one month supply of the medication at a time (no refills) and will have to comply with tighter restrictions.

Please make sure to discuss these changes with your prescriber so that when the new law goes into effect your pain management therapy is not interrupted.

There are many things we want to pass on to our loved ones, illness is not one of them

You want to pass on family traditions, a grandmother’s quilt or dad’s love of books – but no one wants to pass on a serious illness. Take charge of your health and help protect those around you by asking about vaccines at your next doctor’s visit.

Vaccinating our children is commonplace in the United States. But few adults know they need vaccines other than flu vaccine, and even fewer are fully vaccinated. Are you one of the millions of adults not aware of the vaccines you need?

Each year, tens of thousands of adults needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die as a result of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. However, a recent national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey showed that most U.S. adults are not even aware that they need vaccines throughout their lives to protect against diseases like pertussis, hepatitis, shingles and pneumococcal disease.

Not only can vaccine-preventable diseases make you very sick, but if you get sick, you may risk spreading certain diseases to others. That’s a risk most of us do not want to take. Infants, older adults and people with weakened immune systems (like those undergoing cancer treatment) are especially vulnerable to infectious diseases. They are also more likely to have severe illness and complications if they do get sick. You can help protect your health and the health of your loved ones by getting your recommended vaccines.

The good news is that getting vaccinated is easier than you think. Adults can get vaccines at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, workplaces, health clinics and health departments.Most health insurance plans cover the cost of recommended vaccines – a call to your insurance provider can give you the details.

What vaccines do you need?

All adults should get:

  • Annual flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu
  • Td/Tdap to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis

Some additional vaccines you may need (depending on your age, health conditions and other factors) include:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Shingles

All adults should get an annual flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu and Td/Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. You may also need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, occupation and other factors. If you are planning to travel outside of the U.S., check on any additional vaccines you may need. Some travel-related vaccines are part of a series or are needed months prior to your travel to be most effective, so be sure to plan ahead.

For more information about adult vaccines, visit: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults.

Source: CDC


Off to the Future: Even Healthy Young Adults Need Vaccines

Think you outgrew the need for vaccines when you graduated from high school and moved out of your parents’ house? Not so. Every year, thousands of young adults in the U. S. suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccinations.

To highlight the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind young adults that they need vaccines, too – we’re joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure young adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus and HPV.

Some states require college students to be vaccinated against certain diseases like meningococcal disease because of the greater risk for illness to spread among students living in close quarters like dorms and student housing. The specific vaccines young adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All young adults should talk to their health care providers about which vaccines are right for them.

Immunizations are not just for children. Even healthy young adults need protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.The truth is you never outgrow the need for immunizations.

Not sure about your immunization record? Talk to your parents, doctor, health clinic or school nurse to find out which vaccines you need to protect yourself from dangerous diseases – and keep your vax record in a safe place. And, check out more information from the CDC and the recommended vaccines for young adults.


Source: CDC

Send Your Kids Back to School with their Vaccines Up to Date

Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – Village Pharmacy of Hampstead and Rocky Point Pavillion Pharmacy are joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of classmates and the community. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.

Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students.

Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, and whooping cough.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

School-age children need vaccines. For example, children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio. Older children, like preteens and teens, need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines when they are 11 to 12. In addition, yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html.


Source: CDC

A Healthy Start: Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

August is National Immunization Awareness Month – a reminder that we all need vaccines right from the start and throughout our lives. Immunization gives parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and sometimes deadly diseases before they turn 2 years old.

Children who don’t receive recommended vaccines are at risk of getting the disease or illness, and of having a severe case. Every dose of every vaccine is important to protect your child and others in the community from infectious diseases. Talk to your or other health care professional to make sure your child is up to date on all the vaccines he or she needs.

Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox.

There are many important reasons to make sure your child is vaccinated:

• Immunizations can protect your child from 14 serious diseases
• Vaccination is very safe and effective
• Immunizations can protect others you care about
• Immunization can save your family time and money
• Immunization protects future generations

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their family and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.

Even before your child is born, it’s important that pregnant women receive the whooping cough vaccine called Tdap during each pregnancy. By doing so, the mother’s body creates protective antibodies and passes some of them to her baby before birth. These antibodies give babies some short-term protection against whooping cough until they can begin building their own immunity through childhood vaccinations. Antibody levels are highest about two weeks after getting the vaccine. The vaccine is recommended in the third trimester, preferably between the 27th and 36th week of pregnancy, so the mother gives her baby the most protection (antibodies).

The amount of whooping cough antibodies a person has decreases over time. This is why women need a whooping cough vaccine during each pregnancy so high levels of protective antibodies are transferred to each baby.

Download the 2014 Recommended Immunizations for Birth through Age 6 and talk to your pediatrician to make sure your child is fully immunized to keep him or her healthy.

Content provided by the CDC.