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. Influenza causes about 12,000 hospitalizations a year and 3,500 deaths in Canada.
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.
Should you arrive at your pharmacy already experiencing cold or flu symptoms, a pharmacist will be able to advise you on the best course of action, including whether or not you may receive a flu shot.
The Flu Shot
The 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 Flu
There 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.