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ADULT VACCINATION

Only 3% of Canadian adults are fully vaccinated. Keeping your adult vaccinations up-to-date is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against many preventable diseases and their potentially serious complications. Health Canada recommends that adults not rely on their childhood vaccinations alone, but instead continue to vaccinate throughout their lives. Read on to learn more about Pharmasave’s Adult Vaccination Services.

If your location requires a consent form to be filled out prior to your appointment, click on the Consent Form button below to find the appropriate form.

WHY VACCINATE AS AN ADULT ?

Vaccines aren’t just for kids! Adults need vaccines too

Keeping your vaccines up-to-date as an adult not only protects you, but also protects the vulnerable people who may be around you – young children, pregnant women and their babies, the elderly, the immunocompromised, and those who haven’t received an immunization yet.

Did you know that as we age our vaccine-acquired immunity decreases? Staying up-to-date on your adult vaccinations is an important way to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases, to reduce the spread of these diseases and to decrease complications if you do get sick.

There may be many reasons why you might need to get vaccinated:

  • You’re not sure if you received your vaccines as a child or need to catch up
  • You are trying to get pregnant or you are already pregnant
  • You think you need a booster to increase the protection from a vaccine you had some time ago
  • You are planning to travel
  • You grew up in another country where the vaccination program may have been different from Canada’s current program
  • You are immunocompromised
  • You are older than 50
  • If you develop a chronic disease
  • If your employer requires vaccination(s) due to exposure (healthcare workers, emergency responders, residential institution workers and more)

If you are not sure whether you are up-to-date with your vaccines, or if you aren’t sure about where to start, your Pharmasave pharmacist can help.

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I'M 50+ HOW ARE MY NEEDS DIFFERENT?

How our immune systems changes

Our immune system weakens as we get older, especially once we reach 50 years of age.  This makes us more vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. It’s also true that the protection that we had gained against vaccine-preventable diseases from previous vaccinations decreases over time. That’s why adult vaccinations and boosters become increasingly important as we age.

Examples of recommended vaccines needed for older adults:

  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Tetanus and Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (Whooping cough)
  • Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)
  • Varicella Zoster (Chicken Pox)
  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • And more*

*Check with your local Pharmasave pharmacist to find out which vaccines are appropriate for you

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WHICH VACCINES ARE FOR ME?

Protecting yourself with vaccinations

The type and number of vaccinations you might need depend on several factors including health, medical conditions, age, vaccination history, pregnancy, type of employment, and more. Your Pharmasave pharmacist can help determine which vaccinations are recommended for your individual needs.

Recommended vaccinations for adults in Canada*:

  • Chickenpox vaccine
  • Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Influenza vaccine
  • COVID-19 vaccine
  • Shingles vaccine
  • Polio vaccine

*Some vaccinations are government funded and some are private.

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For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

Ownership contacts

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR VACCINATIONS

Let’s get you ready for your immunization appointment:

  • You may be required to book an appointment (please check with your local Pharmasave pharmacy)
  • You may be required to fill in a vaccination consent form
  • Arrive at your appointment well hydrated
  • Wear loose clothing with short sleeves
  • You may be asked to stay in the pharmacy for 15 minutes or as determined by the pharmacist for observation

Staff and community members who aren’t feeling well, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate, please do not come to the pharmacy. Contact your pharmacy to reschedule your appointment

To ensure that you and our staff are well-protected during the time spent in our pharmacies, there may be some safety protocols required at your local Pharmasave pharmacy. Please contact your location for specific details.

Did you know that you can get more than one vaccination during your appointment? Ask your Pharmasave pharmacist which ones you can get at the same time.

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PREGNANCY AND VACCINATIONS

Staying healthy while pregnant

It is a good time to review your vaccination status, if you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant.

Planning on having a baby?

There are certain vaccinations that are better to receive before becoming pregnant. Plan ahead and speak to your pharmacist today about which vaccinations address your unique needs. Having a vaccination strategy is part of having a healthy pregnancy plan.

Did you know that pregnant women are encouraged by Health Canada to update their childhood vaccinations during their pregnancy?

The protective antibodies that a pregnant woman develops as a result of getting vaccinated are then passed onto her unborn baby to protect them as well.

Recommended vaccinations during pregnancy*:

  • Inactivated flu vaccine
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Others, if: you’re travelling, have been exposed to disease, during outbreaks, as recommended by your pharmacist or doctor due to health conditions or other risk factors

*It’s important to make sure your other adult vaccinations are up-to-date as this is not an inclusive list.

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WHY CHOOSE PHARMASAVE?

Pharmasave pharmacist are highly trained, and injection certified to help with your vaccination needs.

Your local Pharmasave location can offer you:

Comprehensive vaccination care including:

  • Assessing which vaccinations are recommend for you
  • Confirming which vaccinations are covered by your government
  • Working with your insurance plan for privately funded vaccinations
  • Determining whether you can receive multiple vaccinations at the same time
  • And more

 Convenient vaccination services:

 Accessible vaccination records:

  • Keep all your vaccination records at one location for easy access
  • Use our eCare@Pharmasave app to view your vaccination history conveniently from your phone, anywhere, anytime

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

Ownership contacts

SHINGLES

Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox (varicella-zoster). After you’ve recovered from chickenpox, the virus stays in your nervous system and can remain inactive for years, until it gets reactivated either by stress, a lowered immune system, as we age, and other triggers.

Did you know there are vaccinations to help reduce the chances of developing shingles? Learn more

TETANUS AND DIPHTHERIA

Tetanus affects the nerves of the human body and is caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani. Tetanus can cause painful muscle contractions and be dangerous; therefore, it’s important to keep up-to-date by receiving regular tetanus booster vaccinations. Health Canada recommends getting a tetanus booster shot every 10 years.

Diphtheria is a serious contagious bacterial disease caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, which can cause initial symptoms such as fever and chills, and a sore throat, and then progresses to thick mucous production and swelling that blocks your airways. This can be prevented through immunization.

It’s common to find tetanus and diphtheria together as a vaccination.
Learn more

PNEUMONIA

Pneumonia is an infection of the air sacs of the lungs which causes them to fill with fluid or pus and can be mild to severe. Some individuals are at higher risk of both catching pneumonia, and the complications that can arise from pneumonia.

Did you know there are different types of pneumonia vaccinations available? Ask your Pharmasave pharmacist about which one is right for you.
Learn more

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

Ownership contacts

MMR – Mumps, Measles and Rubella

MMR is a combined vaccine which protects against mumps, measles and rubella. Mumps and measles are caused by paramyxovirus and rubella is caused by the rubella virus. They are highly contagious and are spread by tiny droplets passed from an infected person to another person. Mumps usually causes fever, headache, and swelling of the glands in the jaw and cheeks. Measles usually causes high fever, runny nose, cough and swollen eyelids. Whereas rubella usually causes fever, sore throat and swollen glands.

It is common to receive MMR vaccinations as a child, however, if you aren’t sure if you’ve received a vaccination as a child, it is important to speak with your Pharmasave pharmacist.  They can help you determine if you need the vaccinations as an adult.
Learn more about the vaccine

HPV – Human Papillomavirus

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a contagious infection that is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, including sexual contact. The vaccines available help protect against cancers such as cervical, anal, vaginal, and penile cancers, as well as against genital warts.

There are different HPV vaccines available for both females or males in Canada and each have different age group recommendations.
Learn more

HEPATITIS A and B

Hepatitis viruses cause an inflammation of the liver which may be short term or long term. Hepatitis A and B are two of the most common types of hepatitis.

Hepatitis A is mainly spread through the fecal-oral route. The virus can spread from an infected individual through the handling of food, touched surfaces or contaminated water.

Hepatitis B is spread by blood and body fluids and it’s possible for individuals who have Hepatitis B to be unaware that they are infected. Infected individuals sometimes won’t show symptoms for months. This causes the virus to be quickly, easily and unknowingly spread.

There are vaccinations for both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, which can be given separately or together. The vaccinations are recommended for individuals who live lifestyles that may put them at a higher risk including specific employment paths; people who have multiple sexual partners; people who use needles; and people who travel outside of Canada.

Learn more about hepatitis here

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

For information on owning or selling a pharmacy please contact us. We can discuss how Pharmasave can help you optimize your business.

  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island


    New Franchise Inquiries Contact:
    Doug Sherman, Chief Executive Officer
    Pharmasave Drugs (East) Ltd.
    Direct: (905) 477-7820 | Toll Free: 1-800-515-6820Michael Thompson, Director, Business and Retail Development
    Email: mthompson@east.pharmasave.ca

Ownership contacts

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