We provide immunizations to their patients as a tool for disease prevention and management. Influenza (commonly referred to as the flu), pneumonia, and shingles are three illnesses that can be prevented through immunizations. The Phipps Pharmacy location in McKenzie is currently offering the shingles vaccine. However, all three vaccines are available at the Phipps Pharmacy locations on Channing Way and Hughes Drive in Jackson. You may also ask your Pharmacy Doctor about vaccines for overseas travels.
The flu is a contagious respiratory infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by the influenza virus. The flu usually begins abruptly, with a fever between 102° and 106°F. (An adult typically has a lower fever than a child.) Other common symptoms include a flushed face, body aches, chills, headache, nausea, and lack of energy. The fever usually lasts for a day or two, but can last as long as 5 days. On average, every year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die from the flu virus. The virus typically emerges in early September and lasts through March, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Research shows that by getting vaccinated, the influenza illness is prevented in 70%-90% of healthy adults under age 65.