Your Pharmacist Can Help with Flu Questions
The best way to get answers to your health questions is to consult a health care professional. During flu season, it is important to understand what you are suffering from; what resembles the flu could be a common cold. Your pharmacist is here to answer your flu-related questions and concerns, don’t hesitate to ask.
Find Out If You Are At Risk
Certain people are more likely to suffer from flu complications. Children and adults over 65 have difficulty defeating the flu and the illness can become very serious if not handled in the right way.
Healthcare professionals play a critical role in identifying and reporting influenza. Talking to your pharmacist will allow you to learn about recommended treatment plans and discuss any underlying issues or conditions that might need more attention.
The Flu ShotThe flu shot boosts your immune response, and after about 2 weeks you will develop antibodies that protect you if exposed to live flu virus. Each year new vaccines are created in North America based on recommendations from the World Health Organization. The shots are manufactured before the flu season in order to be ready based on the expected circulating cases of flu.
How to Minimize Exposure to The FluThere are a few ways to reduce spreading the flu virus. Washing hands and disinfecting surfaces can do a lot to reduce passing on flu germs. Ask your pharmacist about proper hand washing techniques and appropriate disinfectant products to use, particularly if you have young children at home.
With flu season right around the corner, it is important to be prepared for you and those around you who may be at a higher risk of experiencing flu-related complications.
Advices from your pharmacist
If you have flu-like symptoms and are unsure if you need medical attention, call your pharmacist. They will assess your situation and recommend the best course of action for you. Your pharmacist can also advise you on choosing over-the-counter medications to relieve flu symptoms such as nasal congestion, fever, sore throat, and muscle aches and pains.
Many pharmacies offer the flu shot each fall. You can make an appointment to get vaccinated online or by phone. Each province has its own rules for getting the flu shot, so check with your pharmacist to find out if you're eligible to get the shot for free.Most pharmacists also offer vaccines to protect against diseases like pneumococcus and shingles. Ask for their availability at the laboratory counter.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.