Getting a flu shot has never been easier. It’s as simple as dropping by your neighbourhood pharmacy.
Last year was the first year pharmacists were able to administer immunizations in Ontario and easier access to vaccinations at pharmacies, including evenings and weekends, will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of residents in the coming flu season.
According to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the flu and its complications result in up to 1,000 hospitalizations and 1,600 deaths in Ontario each year.
“A lot of our senior customers are the most concerned about receiving it,” says Brandon Lecours, manager at the Westboro Village Pharmasave. He says a lot of local residents are gettng their flu shot at the pharmacy, even kids as young as five.
Pharmacists receive specialized training prior to being authorized to provide flu shots. In addition to completing a certified first aid and CPR course, pharmacists complete injection and immunization training, and register their training with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
Receiving the flu shot at the local pharmacy means avoiding long lines or waiting times at a doctor’s office. It also means that patients can use the time to ask questions about their medications while they fill a prescription.
The Westboro Village Pharmasave is offering flu shots Monday-Friday from 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.