Monday, September 21, 2015

The Importance of Getting Your Flu Shot!

Every winter is peak flu season. It is important during these cold months to go out and get your flu vaccination. People sometimes refuse to get vaccinated due to the ever-changing strain of the flu each year. Even though you can never predict exactly what type of flu will spread, it is still incredibly important to get vaccinated. The peak months for the flu occur between December and February, but you are still at risk from October through May. That is why it is recommended to get the shot as soon as the vaccine is available, most likely in October.

Doctors recommended getting the new vaccination every year to protect yourself and your family/friends from the virus. To prevent it from spreading make sure to wash your hands often so germs don’t spread and try to stay away from those that you know are sick. If you have already been infected with the flu, there are prescription and antiviral drugs to take. It is exceptionally important for young children, pregnant women and the elderly to be vaccinated, since they are more at risk of having serious flu complications.

For more information about the flu this year and how to protect yourself, read this article!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Child Vaccinations

Why Childhood Vaccines Are Essential         

Have you decided not to vaccinate your child? Are you concerned about vaccine safety? Do you think diseases like measles and whooping cough are problems of the past? Please think again.

When you don’t vaccinate, it may affect both your child and the whole community. Here’s one example: As of May 29, 173 people in 21 states and Washington DC became sick with measles. The infection was traced back to Disneyland in California.1 More than 80 percent of these people had not had vaccines or had no proof of vaccination.Here’s another: In 2012, nearly 50,000 cases of whooping cough were reported. That’s the biggest number in more than 50 years.3

Herd Immunity 
Vaccines contain weak or dead versions of foreign substances. They make the immune system create antibodies to fight disease.4 This not only protects your child. It also provides “herd immunity.” It protects other children and adults from serious infections—especially those too young or too sick to be vaccinated.1

In the last 20 years, vaccines:
· Saved more than 732,000 American lives.
· Prevented 322 million illnesses.
· Prevented 21 million hospital visits.
· Saved $295 billion.3

Most U.S. kids are up to date with their vaccines. These are for diseases such as polio, measles, mumps, whooping cough, and chickenpox. But coverage varies from state to state. In 2013, for example, fewer than 90 percent of 1.5- to 3-year-olds in 17 states had received their first dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. And nationally, the numbers being vaccinated may also be dipping slightly.1

Safety First 
One reason for this is that parents worry about the safety of vaccines. For example, some believe that the MMR vaccine increases the risk of autism. But study after study has found no link between the two. In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded firmly that a vaccine preservative does not cause autism.Researchers have also shown that vaccine schedules are generally safe and effective.5 They work in 85 to 99 percent of cases if you vaccinate before your child becomes sick.3

It is true that vaccines can cause temporary side effects such as:
· Redness and swelling at the injection site
· Fever
· Soreness where the shot was given3

But, the risk of serious problems for most people is extremely small. Let the doctor know, though, if your child has a serious reaction—or a history of one—or has a history of allergies to food or medication. You can discuss whether or not to go ahead with more shots.3,4

Vaccine Schedules
Do you have questions about your child’s vaccine schedule? Or do you need to get caught up? I can point you in the right direction. For example, you can get a copy of current vaccine schedules from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice.  You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.

1. Health Day: Doctors Worry About Return of Vaccine-Preventable Ills in Kids. Available at: Accessed July 3, 2015.
2. Health Day: Infectious-Disease Expert Debunks Common Vaccine Myths. Available at: Accessed July 3, 2015.
3. Nemours Foundation: Frequently Asked Questions About Immunizations. Available at: Accessed July 3, 2015.
4. Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them. Available at: Accessed July 3, 2015.
5. Health Day: Another Study Finds No Vaccine-Autism Link. Available at: Accessed July 3, 2015.

Monday, June 1, 2015

T&F Pharmacies: Four Local Pharmacies in Northern Jersey

T&F Pharmacies is the proud parent company of four Northern New Jersey pharmacies: Burgio's  Pharmacy, located in Totowa, De Blieck’s Pharmacy in North Haledon, Ho-Ho-Kus Pharmacy, located in Ho-Ho-Kus, Sicomac Pharmacy, located in Wyckoff. 

Each of our four pharmacies are privately owned and strive for providing our loyal customers with excellent service and support. Our pharmacists and technicians are incredibly knowledgeable about the pharmaceutical industry and have received extensive training and an ongoing education to ensure they are up to date with the latest technology. 

Our Newest Location

Burgio's Pharmacy Totowa

Burgio’s is nestled in the heart of town in Totowa, NJ. Bringing a family friendly customer focused pharmacy with a fresh outlook and great pride to provide exceptional service and support for your healthcare needs.

De Blieck's Pharmacy
De Blieck's Pharmacy

In addition to providing exceptional pharmaceutical services, our pharmacies offer great gifts for every occasion throughout the year with our “Pretty Little Things” boutique. Our specialty store has a variety of items including high fashion clothes, jewelry, accessories and home d├ęcor. Enjoy our wonderful selection with new arrivals every week! 

Ho-Ho-Kus Pharmacy
Ho-Ho-Kus Pharmacy

Stay connected with your favorite pharmacy at! Managing your prescriptions has never been more convenient with the use of our online prescription transfers and refills. Be sure to also check out “Pretty Little Things” for their newest arrivals and to stay informed with the latest immunization information.

Sicomac Pharmacy
Sicomac Pharmacy