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THE PHARMACIST IS IN!

Pharmacists are accessible healthcare providers who can administer flu vaccines, offer prevention advice and make recommendations to help you with your flu symptoms.

Pharmacists in Canada are taking on an expanded role in delivering health services that were previously only offered by doctors. Professional advice and services are as close as your local pahrmacy.

The chart below outlines the services that can be delivered by pharmacists across the country.1

Most pharmacists in Canada are trained and certified to give flu vaccinations, making it easier to access preventive care, as well as treatment and relief from the flu.

 

WHAT TO DO, IF YOU GET THE FLU

The number one thing to do when you get the flu is to stay home, rest and drink lots of fluids. This is critical to helping your body fight the virus, and, depending on your symptoms, lying in bed will be just about the only thing you want to do.2

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms and is usually accompanied by nasal congestion, sore throat, fever, aches and muscle pain. For each of these symptoms there are specific remedies using items you likely have at home. If you want to prepare your medicine cabinet in advance of the Flu season, reach out to your pharmacist for friendly professional advice and recommendations suitable for the medical conditions you may be diagnosed with.

 

WHEN TO SEE THE PHARMACIST

Your pharmacist is your most accessible health care professional who can assess whether you have the flu or a cold. Most of the time your symptom relief needs can be addressed with over-the-counter medications and supplement recommendations that are available in the pahrmacy. There are certain at-risk groups that should go see a pharmacist or other health care professional within 48 hours of getting sick. These groups include children under the age of 2, adults over 65, and those with chronic conditions.

Normally healthy adults and children should pay attention to the duration of their symptoms. If respiratory-related symptoms last longer than 7-10 days or a fever above 38.5°C lasts longer than 4 days, you should seek professional advice.3

For more information about what your pharmacist can do for you, visit your local Guardian, I.D.A., The Medicine Shoppe or Remedy’sRx pharmacy.

 

1http://www.pharmacists.ca/index.cfm/pharmacy-in-canada/scope-of-practice-canada/
2
http://www.ontario.ca/health-and-wellness/flu-facts
3
http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/channel_section_details.asp?text_id=5248&channel_id=2098&relation_id=74038

The information in this article is presented strictly for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice. Please see your health care provider if you have any questions about your condition, medication, or treatment.

WHAT IS THE FLU?

Seasonal influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious infection of the airways, affecting the nose, throat and lungs.

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