Pharmacists Provide Important Information and Care During Cold and Flu Season
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) reminds the 250 million people who visit the pharmacy each week to utilize your relationship with your neighborhood pharmacist to meet your health care and information needs during the cold and flu season. Pharmacists are important resources to keeping your family safe and healthy from the flu, and other infectious diseases.
“Pharmacists play an important role in protecting the public health during flu season by providing immunizations, medications and health information to patients in their communities,” said American Pharmacists Association CEO Tom Menighan. “Pharmacists are an integral part of the health care team and, with most Americans living within just five miles of a pharmacy, they are easily accessible to patients nationwide.”
Flu season is beginning to peak around the country and the CDC recommends a three-pronged approach to protect yourself and those around you:
1. Get your flu shot. Talk with your pharmacist or other health care provider about the best version for you.
The flu vaccine is still the best protection from influenza available. While recent reports have highlighted this season’s flu vaccine as “less-effective,” due to the “drifting” of one of the strains circulating in communities, vaccination will greatly reduce the severity of your symptoms if you do become ill. It will also continue to protect you from the vaccine’s other strains.