For every flu shot administered at London Drugs this year, a lifesaving vaccine will be donated to immunize a child against tetanus, polio or measles
Customers who receive their 2016/2017 influenza vaccination at London Drugs will now play an active role in helping to protect tens of thousands of the world’s most vulnerable children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Through a new partnership with I Boost Immunity (IBI), a Canadian-based online immunization advocacy network, for every flu shot administered at London Drugs this year, a lifesaving vaccine will be donated to UNICEF Canada to immunize children in a developing country.
“By getting the flu shot you already help protect the most vulnerable people in your own community from potentially life-threatening illness including the very young, the elderly and the immunocompromised,” says John Tse, vice president, pharmacy at London Drugs. “This partnership with IBI in support of UNICEF Canada allows our customers to make a global impact, providing life-saving vaccinations to children worldwide while taking care of their own health needs.”
According to UNICEF, 19.4 million children missed out on basic vaccines needed to stay healthy last year. Almost one third of deaths among children under five are preventable by vaccines.
Tse says that the potential to save a child’s life with the simple act of getting the flu shot is added motivation to get vaccinated. “Our customers have the opportunity to be global change makers simply by protecting themselves and their families against the flu this year,” he says.
For each flu vaccination administered at any of London Drugs 78 pharmacy locations, I Boost Immunity will provide a tetanus, polio or measles vaccine to UNICEF Canada to vaccinate marginalized children at risk of deadly illnesses.
“Partnering with London Drugs is one of the many ways we hope to increase awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated and to improve immunization rates both here in Canada and across the globe,” says Michael Barnes, Executive Director of the Public Health Association of BC. “Diseases cross local and national boundaries. That means that vaccinating anyone, anywhere in the world, benefits all of us.”
I Boost Immunity is managed by the Public Health Association of BC and partnered with ImmunizeBC – a collaboration of the BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Pharmacy Association and regional health authorities –which aims to promote immunization as the best protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.
To learn more about getting the flu shot at London Drugs or about booking an appointment, visit: http://www.londondrugs.com/flu.
Our pharmacists provide advice on protecting yourself and your loved ones…
Influenza (the flu) is a nasty winter illness that can make you very sick for a couple of weeks or more. While most people who have flu are often well enough to return to work in a week to 10 days, you may feel weak and fatigued for much longer.
The symptoms of influenza develop quickly and include fever, fatigue, body aches, shivering, and headache. Congestion and coughing are also common. Flu affects approximately one third of Canadians each year. Although flu viruses exist throughout the world year-round, in Canada the flu season usually runs from late November to April.
Flu vaccinations are available at all London Drugs pharmacies
As the most accessible health care professionals in Canada, Pharmacists now play a key role in achieving higher flu immunization rates in Canada. During this year’s immunization campaign, London Drugs pharmacists expect to administer more flu vaccinations than ever before. Longer hours, appointments, as well as flexibility for walk-in patients and customers has allowed pharmacists to significantly improve ease of access to the vaccine.
“It’s really about convenience. People can literally call the pharmacy and make an appointment or walk in, fill out the paperwork and get a shot right then. So by coming to the pharmacy they can avoid lineups or wait times at their doctor’s office or at the public flu clinics,” says Jason Chan-Remillard, Pharmacy Manager at London Drugs.
Aside from providing in-store injections, London Drugs pharmacists are also venturing out into communities to administer flu shots at public events. Making the vaccine accessible through pharmacists has had a substantial impact on increasing public awareness and utilization of the flu vaccine.
“People want to protect themselves and their families against the flu but they want to get it done when it is close and convenient for them. The more accessible we can be, the more people we can vaccinate,” he says.
This year’s seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the H3N2 strain — along with H1N1 and influenza B. The vaccination is available at all London Drugs locations where it is administered by London Drugs’ Certified Injection Pharmacists. The public are invited to contact their local London Drugs pharmacy to inquire about getting a flu shot or visit http://www.londondrugs.com/flu for more information.
“Being proactive and prepared is the key to surviving the flu season,” says Chan-Remillard. “By getting the influenza vaccination early in the season, as well as taking some simple and healthy preventative actions, you not only protect yourself, but you protect others because you are less likely to spread the flu.”
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With the increased attention around H1N1 this past week, the number of flu vaccinations has soared. London Drugs has inoculated 70% more individuals so far this flu season than last flu season.
It might be difficult to grasp why flu vaccine stock levels are potentially running out. Simply put, flu vaccine supply is estimated months in advance of flu season, and it is extremely difficult to predict the number of vaccines that will be required each year. The number of flu vaccines manufactured and ordered is dependent on a variety of unpredictable factors, evaluated and decided upon by top health officials in the country and provinces.
As the number of flu cases continues to increase this flu season, it isn’t too late to receive your flu shot. London Drugs Certified Injection Pharmacists can help protect you from the seasonal flu, and ensure you’re up-to-date with any other vaccinations you may require, such as: