Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Pharmacists Concerned with Lack of Accessible Flu Shots

Health officials keep an eye on the flu season in the southern hemisphere - South America, South Africa and Australia - to try to predict the most prevalent strain of virus.

"It takes about 2 weeks for the influenza vaccine to kick in for it to be effective", Wehner said.

The vaccine will be available in a wide variety of places including many public health offices and pharmacies.

Many carers are unaware they are entitled to a free vaccine and patients who need a full-time carer are likely to be at greater risk of becoming more seriously ill from the flu than the general population.

Influenza causes more emergency department visits than heart attacks and strokes, according to AHS.

To find the closest location where flu shots are available go to the government of Saskatchewan's website.

"Parents loved it, but there was some concerns about its effectiveness especially for. the H1N1 strain", said Shahab.

Adults over 65, pregnant women, children aged two and three, and pupils in classes one to four at school are part of the priority groups eligible for the free flu vaccination. Children under the age of nine must be vaccinated at a public health clinic.

More than 150 confirmed cases of influenza have been reported in the state, according to the latest Arkansas Health Department Flu report from October 14.

"Anyone who chooses to get the flu vaccine will be able to get it", Shahab said. A pharmacist at Walgreens says the flu shot can reduce the time you're sick and severity of sickness.

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