Please note all patients must wear a mask to get a flu shot.
Get immunized and help protect others by reducing the spread of the influenza virus.
Find out about the benefits, the possible reactions and if you qualify for a free immunization.
As the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic, more than ever,
it is important to adopt good hygiene practices and stay informed on the situation as it unfolds.
See what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
How COVID-19 vaccines work
Vaccines work by teaching your body’s immune system to remember and recognize a virus. Your body can then defend you if you are exposed in the future.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines. These vaccines teach your body to make a piece of a protein from the COVID-19 virus using instructions from the virus, called mRNA.
The instructions tell cells in your body how to make part of a harmless protein from the virus. Once the cells make the protein, the instructions are broken down. The cells display the pieces of protein they’ve created on the outside of your cell and your body recognizes that protein as foreign and develops an immune response. This response will recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if you are exposed later on. mRNA vaccines do not change or affect your own DNA.
Viral vector-based vaccines
AstraZeneca, COVISHIELD and Janssen (owned by Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are a type of vaccine called a viral vector vaccine.
These vaccines introduce instructions from the virus that causes COVID-19 using a non-COVID-19 virus that has been modified so to be inactive and harmless. This is known as a vector. The vector only carries the instructions to make a specific protein from the COVID-19 virus. Similar to the mRNA virus, once the body creates that protein, it produces an immune response which will recognize and fight future infections.
Learn more from ImmunizeBC on How Vaccines Work. https://immunizebc.ca/how-do-vaccines-work
Currently all pharmacies in BC that are providing COVID Vaccines are only administering the AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD vaccine.
Questions and Concerns About AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD Vaccine and Safety visit the following:
Compounding is the process of creating “custom” prescriptions. This is very beneficial for some conditions that are best treated with medications that are not available in standard formulations. A compound prescription allows you to get the most effective treatment, delivered in the most appropriate and convenient dosage form. Some examples of when compounded prescriptions are useful include:
BioIdentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT)
Bioidentical hormones are defined as hormones identical in structure to human hormones. BHRT can be compounded into various dosage forms for a variety of medications. This includes, but is not limited to, progesterone and testosterone.
Pain is the most common symptom for which people seek medical help. A compounded pain medication can reduce or eliminate unwanted side effects and also result in taking less overall medications.
Pets are members of the family, and you want them to have medical treatment that’s as attentive and innovative as you expect for yourself. Our pharmacists can work closely with your vet to prepare medicines in easy-to-give, flavored dosage forms that pets of all kinds will happily devour.
Vaccines are responsible for preventing many infectious diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccines prevent more than two million deaths per year around the world. Our pharmacists are trained to administer vaccines in-store using a designated vaccine room that is isolated from the rest of the store. We routinely administer the following vaccines:
Season Flu Vaccines
Tdap Vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
Please contact us if you have questions about these or any other vaccines.
We have a range of services available at the Sterling Centre Pharmacy. This includes :
Prescription Transfers – One of our pharmacy team members can contact any pharmacy in Canada and may be able to move the prescription to Sterling Centre to be filled.
Medication Reviews – Are you having trouble understanding your medications? Do you need more time discussing your medications with a Pharmacist? You can book a one on one appointment and one of our pharmacists will be glad to spend time discussing any questions or concerns.
Compliance Packaging – Do you have trouble remembering to take your medications or if you have taken them that day? Are you on a complex medication regimen? We may be able to help with medication that is provided in special compliance cards. Please contact one of our staff to help,
Compression Therapy (coming soon),
Smoking Cessation – Did you know our Pharmacists can help you quit smoking? They may also be able to provide you with smoking cessation products that are covered by the BC Government. Please contact us with any questions.
Custom Renewal and Emergency fills of regular prescriptions – Our pharmacists may be able to provide renewals on certain medications.
We offer seniors a 10% discount every day.
We Keep the Essentials In Stock
Feeling under the weather? A trip to the pharmacy can feel like climbing a mountain when you are battling an infection, flu, or injury. We take care of you with our complimentary Vernon Prescription Delivery Service.
We’re using a brand new app to help you manage your health and stay connected with us!
Here are three ways PharmaConnect can help you manage your prescriptions:
- Skip the lineup and renew your prescriptions online. You can also send a photo of a new prescription through PharmaConnect to us.
- Manage your family members’ prescriptions to help coordinate trips to the pharmacy.
- Get clear visibility of your prescriptions and review your renewal history, order refills, and see how many refills you have left.
All this translates to a well-organized control of your prescription information, right from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. And, if you link your family members’ profiles to yours, you can do all of these things for them as well.
It’s FREE to download! Get it today:
Trusted By Customers Across the North Okanagan
“Amazing experience when I came to this pharmacy. The knowledge of the pharmacists is appreciated. Thank you !!“
– Kyle Goulet
“I have been going here for years and they go above and beyond to help you out. Really friendly and helpful staff. Plus I have had the pleasure of working with Curtis when Sterling RX became a sponsor for Dancing with the Vernon Stars, a fundraiser for Hospice House in Vernon, in 2019 and again for the 2020 event!“
– Gina Broere
“Wonderful staff and they are very knowledgeable. The service is fast and efficient. Their app for prescription refills is very user friendly and great for people always on the go.“
– Kayla Stevenson