Immunizations

Volunteer Pharmacy is excited to offer our patients the convenience of walk-in vaccinations.

We provide immunizations to individuals 18* years of age or older Monday through Saturday during normal business hours.

Walk-ins are absolutely welcome, although we encourage you to call ahead to ensure that we have the vaccines you need in stock.

We also provide group and workplace immunizations here or at your location. Call 865-200-5170 to schedule a visit.

* If you are not 18, you must have a valid prescription for the vaccine

Immunizations

Shingles (Zostavax®)

The vaccine for shingles (Zostavax®) is recommended for use in people 60 years old and older to prevent shingles. The older a person is, the more severe the effects of shingles typically are so all adults 60 years old or older should get the shingles vaccine.

The shingles vaccine is specifically designed to protect people against shingles and will not protect people against other forms of herpes, such as genital herpes. The shingles vaccine is not recommended to treat active shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia (pain after the rash is gone) once it develops.

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccination

The “flu shot” — an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions. There are three different flu shots available:

  • a regular flu shot approved for people ages 6 months and older
  • a high-dose flu shot approved for people 65 and older, and
  • an intradermal flu shot approved for people 18 to 64 years of age.

Seasonal flu vaccines protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The viruses in the vaccine can change each year based on international surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year. About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against the influenza viruses in the vaccine develop in the body.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination

Whooping cough — known medically as pertussis — is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Although it initially resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough may eventually turn more serious, particularly in infants. Whooping cough is most contagious before the coughing starts. The best way to prevent it is through vaccinations. The childhood vaccine is called DTaP. The whooping cough booster vaccine for adolescents and adults is called Tdap. Both protect against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria.

Pneumococcal Vaccination

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is recommended for all children less than 59 months old. In addition, children aged more than 24 months who are at high risk of pneumococcal disease and adults with risk factors may receive the pneumococcal polysaccaride vaccine.

Tetanus (Lockjaw) Vaccination

Tetanus (lockjaw) is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in about 1 in 10 cases. Several vaccines are used to prevent tetanus among children, adolescents, and adults including DTaP, Tdap, DT, and Td.

Click here to download an adult vaccine schedule to see what vaccines you may need:
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/adult.html

Vaccine Information Statements from the Centers for Disease Control. Click on link to download current forms.
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html