VANCOUVER, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is
reminding British Columbians that they can get their flu shot from
their pharmacist following a warning from the Northern Health Authority
that seasonal influenza is on its way to B.C.
Dr. David Bowering, the authority's Chief Medical Officer, said that an
outbreak of the flu has already hit eastern Canada and is likely on its
way to B.C.
More than 1,000 B.C. pharmacists across the province are authorized to
administer injections and can give British Columbians their annual flu
shot, which is free for patients in at-risk groups.
"B.C. pharmacists have administered tens of thousands of publicly funded
vaccines already this flu season," says Parkash Ragsdale, Deputy CEO
and Director of Professional Services at BCPhA. "They are a quick and
convenient option for patients looking to get protected against this
In 2009, B.C. pharmacists were granted authority to administer
injections, and many were trained through the BC Pharmacy Association's
Accredited Administration of Injections Training Program.
"Even if you're healthy, you could be living with someone who is
considered high risk and may be eligible for a free flu shot," says
Ragsdale. "Our advice to anyone wanting a flu shot is to call their
pharmacist and ask if they are authorized to administer injections, or
visit the online Flu Clinic Locator."
The Flu Clinic Locator is an online tool that allows members of the
public to search for pharmacies and clinics that are offering seasonal
flu shots (details below).
Notes to editors:
ImmunizeBC's Flu Clinic Locator is available at http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/flu/.
To interview an authorized pharmacist in your area please contact the BC
BCPhA represents more than 2,300 pharmacists and 720 pharmacies in B.C.
who provide trusted advice and accessible care to patients throughout
SOURCE British Columbia Pharmacy Association
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