TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - More than 650,000 Ontarians have received
the free flu shot at close to 2,000 pharmacies throughout the province
this season, under a successful Ontario government program that has
greatly improved access to the influenza vaccine.
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is urging even more Ontarians to
visit their local pharmacy to receive the shot, which offers protection
against three strains of flu, including H1N1.
"More Ontarians are recognizing that the most effective way to protect
themselves and their families from the flu is to get the influenza
vaccine every year," said Dennis Darby, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists
Association. "And increasingly, Ontarians are choosing to get the shot
at their local pharmacy. It's convenient, quick, and safe."
The number of flu shots administered at pharmacies in 2013-14 has
already far exceeded the 250,000 shots given in 2012-13, the first
season in which Ontarians could receive the vaccine at an approved
In addition to getting the flu shot, there are a number of other
precautions Ontarians should be taking to stay healthy this flu season
- including washing their hands frequently, avoiding large crowds where
viruses can spread easily, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve
near the elbow, and staying home if they are feeling ill.
Several months remain in the flu season, which in Canada generally runs
from mid-October to April. Pharmacists are encouraging those who
haven't already received the flu shot to do so.
"It's not too late to get the influenza vaccine," said Darby. "And the
sooner you get it, the better.".
About the Ontario Pharmacists Association
The Ontario Pharmacists Association represents the views and interests
of more than 14,500 pharmacists, pharmacists-in-training, and pharmacy
technicians across the province. With more than 8,200 members and 2,700
drug information subscribers, the Association works to evolve the
practice of pharmacy, inspire excellence in patient care, and promote
wellness for all Ontarians.
SOURCE: Ontario Pharmacists Association
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