Right about now, all across Canada, many families are in a quandary. The concern for some people, particularly those with school-age children, is whether or not to have a flu shot. While health authorities advise that having the influenza vaccine is the best way to avoid a bout with the flu—and possibly passing it on to others—alternative health proponents and magazines suggest otherwise, often saying it is “safer” to rely on botanical preparations, homeopathic immunity shots and healthy eating.
While we agree that healthy living makes a positive contribution to an effective immune response, flu viruses are ubiquitous, opportunistic, and unpredictable. Often, despite taking all the health-enhancing steps to avoid catching the virus, we fall prey to it, simply by being close to someone who coughs or sneezes on us, or touching something like a door handle that is contaminated with it.
Adult Canadians may not have had all the vaccinations needed to provide maximum protection against infectious diseases. Are you one of them?
The prevention of infection by immunization is both easily achieved and effective, but, while most of us recognize the importance of vaccinating children, we may not be so conscientious about ensuring our adulthood vaccinations are up-to-date.
Adult require immunizations to address weakened immunity against vaccine-preventable diseases, and to ensure that immunity against diseases more common in adults is acquired.
Up-to-date immunization of adults prevents the spread of infection and is important if the adult comes into contact with young children or babies and others at increased risk of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Health Canada advises that some vaccines are needed by all adults and other vaccines may be necessary due to the specific risk/s resulting from occupation, travel, underlying illness, lifestyle or age.
Getting the family ready for the start of a new school year involves more than shopping for new clothes and buying school supplies. It’s a time to be proactive about health. Pharmacists are urging families to take the following proactive steps now to safeguard family health for the new school year.
Certified Diabetes Educators assist Western Canadians with diabetes management
According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, more than nine million Canadians now live with diabetes, the statistic having nearly doubled since 2000. That number is expected to increase by 1.5 million people in coming years and will see one in three people with the disease by 2020.
With more than 20 people being newly diagnosed with the disease every hour, diabetes has become one of Canada’s foremost illnesses. In response to a nationwide concern over the disease, London Drugs has continued to grow its Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) Program. As part of that program London Drugs offers Diabetes & Insulin Management Clinics to assist Canadians with the management of their diabetes.
Beginning in May, Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) are available on-site to book 45-minute one-on-one personal care and consultation appointments. CDEs offer assistance to people living with diabetes in handling their disease while also guiding them by making recommendations for therapy. During each clinical session, patients receive a personalized assessment, and advice on blood glucose monitoring, safe insulin injection and overall diabetes management. With an in-store Certified Diabetes Educator, London Drugs pharmacy patients have access to a health care professional who can work regularly with them to help manage their disease.
Over the years, the number of Certified Diabetes Educators at London Drugs has increased to 55 across Western Canada. With pharmacy at the heart of its business, all London Drugs pharmacists are provided with the tools to identify, assess and discuss individualized risks and implications for diabetes. It is during these Diabetes Clinics that people living with diabetes are able to gain a deeper understanding and learn more about their individual disease management.
The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends that Canadians over the age of 40 be tested for diabetes every three years. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include a family history of the disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol as well as being a member of a high-risk group including those of Aboriginal, Asian, South Asian or African descent. Without proper management and care of diabetes, complications may arise in the form of heart, kidney or eye disease as well as potential nerve damage.
For full information on Type 2 Diabetes visit the London Drugs Health Library online or speak with a London Drugs Pharmacist at your nearest location. To learn more about London Drugs’ Diabetes Clinics, visit www.londondrugs.com/diabetesclinic to book your appointment.
Pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers for Canadians, yet many still unaware of the breadth of health services they now provide.
Pharmacist Awareness Month aims to help improve the public’s understanding of the increasing role pharmacists play in the provision of health care services and the tangible benefits they bring as health care providers for Canadians.
For many years, Pharmacists have been taking on expanded roles in the Canadian health care system. Today’s pharmacist is highly respected as the medication management expert of the health care team. They collaborate with patients, their families and other health care providers to deliver a range of innovative services, including medication reviews, chronic disease management, immunization services and wellness programs.
Inspired by a recent trip to Mexico, this blog post discusses fabulous fare from that southern hot spot! Mexican cuisine uses many delicious foods and spices but five that really stand out to me are:
Read on for a brief overview of these tempting ingredients and try a recipe or two at the end of this article.
It is estimated that a smoker will try to quit several times before finally stopping the habit of smoking, and the most successful quitters are people who have tried to quit several times. The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to eventually succeed.
What happens once I do quit?
When you do quit smoking your body will experience a decrease in your blood pressure and heart rate, within eight hours levels of oxygen increase to normal in the body, after one day the risk of heart attack decreases and within a few weeks fatigue levels will decrease as will extreme shortness of breath while exercising.
Other benefits of smoking include having younger-looking skin, the return of taste and smell, and better breath.
What steps are recommended when quitting?
Writing down a specific action plan, determining the benefits of quitting, recognizing situations where one is inclined to smoke, determining an appropriate smoking cessation aid, and creating a list of activities that will replace smoking are all tools to help quit. And a London Drugs Pharmacist can help you create and utilize these tools.
Other strategies for successful quitting include support groups and counseling.
Contact your local pharmacy to book an appointment with a London Drugs Pharmacist to learn about all the options to help quit smoking.