Immunization plays a critical role in helping individuals of all ages stay healthy and well. On-time vaccination throughout childhood helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Adults should keep their vaccinations up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. Adults are also at risk for a different set of diseases.
COVID-19, Flu, and RSV Vaccines
These three vaccines can help protect eligible individuals from serious respiratory illness. Here’s who qualifies:
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness. Updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are now available. If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past two months, you may receive an updated COVID-19 vaccine.
Note: It’s safe to receive COVID-19 and flu vaccines in the same visit.
All individuals ages 6 months and older, with rare exception, should get an annual flu vaccination. Vaccination is especially important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications. These include people 65 and older, pregnant women, children younger than 5, and individuals with certain risk factors, chronic conditions, or weakened immune systems.
RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common illness that causes infection of the lungs and respiratory tract. In adults as well as older, healthy children, RSV symptoms are mild and typically mimic the common cold. Certain groups, however, are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill. These include infants and some older adults. To help protect these vulnerable populations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an RSV vaccine.
Follow these guidelines:
- Babies ages 8 months and younger should receive the vaccine. In addition, doctors may recommend the vaccine for some older babies at increased risk for becoming seriously ill from RSV. This group would typically include babies between the ages of 8 months and 19 months. The nationwide rollout of the immunization, Beyfortus, has hit roadblocks. ThedaCare will provide an update when the immunization for infants becomes available.
- To maximize protection for babies after birth, the CDC recommends seasonal administration of one dose of RSV vaccine for pregnant people during weeks 32 through 36 of pregnancy. The vaccine is recommended for people who fall into that group during RSV season — which can vary but typically runs between September and January. Individuals in this group should ask their physician about getting vaccinated.
- Adults ages 60 and older should ask their health care provider if they should receive the vaccine. Those eligible between the ages of 60 and 65 can receive the vaccine at their primary care clinic. Those 65 and older who are on Medicare should receive the vaccine at a retail pharmacy because payment is covered through Medicare Part D.
Vaccine Locations and Scheduling
ThedaCare offers the following options for getting seasonal and routine vaccinations.
Our primary care clinics offer all immunizations. Commercial insurance typically covers the cost of Shingrix. For patients with Medicare, it’s best to receive this vaccine at a retail pharmacy because payment is covered through Medicare Part D.
How to access
- Schedule via MyThedaCare
- Ask your provider during your visit
- Call the Vaccine Clinic Line: 920-702-6380
Our pharmacy locations offer all immunizations for those ages 6 and older, with the exception of yellow fever. Please note: The pharmacy at ThedaCare Medical Center-Orthopedic, Spine and Pain does not offer vaccines.
How to access
*Most vaccines are free or low cost with qualifying insurance. Check your insurance to confirm your coverage.
** Most vaccines are free or low cost with qualifying insurance. Check your insurance to confirm your coverage. Our pharmacy locations cannot bill Tricare. Our pharmacy locations offer competitively priced retail pricing for those with no insurance or Tricare. Payment is collected at the time of administration.