As the healthcare system prepares to deal with COVID-19, influenza and other respiratory viruses, Canadians continue to hear about the importance of flu vaccination this year, but everyone should consider getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
Jaspreet Chager, Senior Manager of Pharmacy Innovation at Pharmasave East, said: “The sooner it is delivered to the patient, the better for the patient” Yahoo Canada.
This year, pharmacies have high-dose flu vaccines for people aged 65 and older. Ontario Premier Doug Ford emphasized at a press conference on Tuesday that this is a particularly important achievement.
Chagge said: “The only criterion is 65 years of age or older, because at that age, we see evidence that it can provide greater protection.
Since the “rule of thumb”
Chag explained: “If you go to a pharmacy and they don’t have a high dose, it’s probably better to get any flu vaccine than no high dose.” “If they don’t, please talk to a pharmacist to find out their best Best choice.”
“I suggest patients… call their pharmacy to make sure they have high-dose stocks and even flu vaccines and stocks, and then take them from there.”
The pharmacist did say that depending on the availability of pharmacies and how many doses the pharmacy ultimately accepts, high-dose vaccines may target high-risk groups.
In Ontario, the province has pledged to give priority to the distribution of vaccines to people in long-term care homes, hospitals and nursing homes.
The flu vaccine will be available in Canada in mid-October.
Increased interest in vaccination
Through her professional experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chage found that people are increasingly interested in vaccines.
She said: “Actually, I have seen other vaccinations, not just the flu.” “What I want to say is that maybe people only have a little acceptance of the value of vaccines.”
Pharmasave conducted a survey of 7,000 consumers in Ontario and Atlantic Canada and found that 86% of respondents said they plan to get a flu vaccine this year, up from 78% last year.
Chag said: “I’m sure that the fall and the patients’ illnesses during the past few months are really uncomfortable. This has a lot to do with the mood of getting the flu vaccine.”
In Ontario, people who are six months or older are advised to get the flu vaccine, but pharmacies can only inject people over five years of age.
“It is still possible to get the flu after getting the flu vaccine”
The flu vaccine will not affect someone’s ability to get COVID-19, but it does not mean that they will not be able to catch the flu in the next few months.
Chag said: “After receiving the flu vaccination, it is still possible to catch the flu.” “But what happened is that the patient’s treatment results became much more serious.”
If someone suspects that their symptoms may be flu or COVID-19, the only way to truly rule out one of them is to get tested.
Chag said: “Unfortunately, because there is too much overlap between the two, the only way to be clear is to actually only complete the COVID test.”