Flu Shots 2019– Why should I get them? October 22 2019, 0 Comments

It is now October and the leaves are falling outside while the weather drops from the warm temperatures of the summer. Families begin to prepare for the winter by purchasing new scarves and warm clothes. Everyone is reflecting on the warm weather of the summer and trying to avoid thinking about the snow and cold weather. Along with the cold comes the Flu. Looking back, it is the winter of 2017 and it is the height of the flu season. Everyday in the pharmacy brings new cases of lung infections. In the back of my mind, a string of patient hospitalizations for respiratory illness bothers my mind. I feel lucky that I decided to vaccinate yearly. Even as a healthcare professional, I never understood the need for the shot until this point. The points is where people close to you get an infection and pass it on. Its now 2019, it is imperative that the Flu shot is taken especially this year. This year the strains of flu that were chosen by the WHO have a potential of not being totally optimal. The effectiveness of the flu vaccine is usually observed first in Australia and this year, one of the strains has not been effectively countered. Just like buying warmer clothes for the winter, preparing for flu outbreak is important for health. The controversies regarding the flu shot is often emphasized in their side effects such as getting all the symptoms of a cough. A lot of healthcare professionals and media discredit these side effects. I like to explain that these side effects will happen but you will be prevented from hospitalization. Most importantly, you can prevent spreading the flu to your loved ones who are more vulnerable such as your parents and children. If you have any further questions give me an email, or message me on Facebook. You are always welcome to come to the pharmacy personally and discuss with the team and myself about flu prevention for you and your family.