Flu is heading to Ontario and it's now easier than ever to get protected
TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - With flu season on our doorstep and the
flu vaccine now available, the Honourable Deb Matthews, Ontario's
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, received her flu shot today from
a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to kick-off the flu immunization
season and encourage others to get the flu shot.
Between 3.4 and 8.6 million Canadians get the flu each year and it can
result in serious consequences for many including seniors, children,
and those with chronic health conditions1. In fact, 2,000 to 8,000 people die annually as a result of
complications from the flu, so it's important that everyone in Ontario
take preventative measures this season2.
This is the second flu season that pharmacists in Ontario have been able
to provide the flu shot.
"Getting a flu shot is the most reliable way to prevent the flu - that's
why it's important for families to add the flu shot to their to-do list
this flu season," says Minister Matthews. "Pharmacists are trusted
health care professionals, and now that they can provide the flu shot
in Ontario, it's easier than ever to protect yourself and your family
from the flu."
Fall is the best time to get the vaccine as protection takes hold two
weeks following immunization and will last roughly six months. It is
now easier than ever for people in Ontario to get vaccinated as local
Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies offer flu vaccinations with a pharmacist
on a walk-in basis or by booking an appointment online at http://shoppersdrugmart.ca/flushot.
"We are happy to see Minister Matthews' dedication to keeping Ontarians
healthy this flu season," says Domenic Pilla, CEO and President of
Shoppers Drug Mart. "With more than 600 Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies
across the province offering flu vaccinations, it's more convenient for
Ontarians to follow Minister Matthews' lead and take this important
step in protecting themselves and their families from the flu."
Seventy to ninety per cent of flu cases can be averted through
vaccination3. In addition to getting the flu shot, there are other important
preventative measures all Ontarians should follow to keep healthy this
flu season, including:
Strengthen your immune system by maintaining a healthy and active
Practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently, and for at least
10 seconds using warm water and soap;
Eat healthy and stay hydrated.
"Pharmacists are among the most accessible health care professionals,"
says Hitesh Pandya, Associate-owner, Shoppers Drug Mart. "Having
pharmacists administer flu shots provides Ontarians with more
convenient options to protect themselves this flu season."
About Shoppers Drug Mart
Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted
names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of
full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug
Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With more than 1,244 Shoppers Drug Mart
and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and
two territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in
Canada. The Company also licenses or owns 57 medical clinic pharmacies
operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix
Simplement Santé in Québec) and six luxury beauty destinations
operating as Murale. As well, the Company owns and operates 62 Shoppers
Home Health Care stores, making it the largest Canadian retailer of
home health care products and services. In addition to its retail store
network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network
Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution, pharmacy and
comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem Technologies
Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to longterm
1 Health Canada. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/diseases-maladies/flu-grippe-eng.php (Accessed September 5, 2013)
2 Public Health Agency of Canada. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/influenza/ (Accessed September 30, 2013)
3 Alberta Health Services. Immunizations@work. http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/ps-1031951-ed-info-pkg.pdf(Accessed August 30, 2013)
Image with caption: "Ontario Health Minister, Deb Matthews, receives her flu shot by Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist, Hitesh Pandya, to launch the annual flu immunization campaign. (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131024_C6989_PHOTO_EN_32528.jpg
SOURCE: Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Deb Matthews
Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care