It’s summer, and the pharmacy is busy! Although we see customers with a wide range of questions and concerns, most visits relate to the same warm-weather issues. This year, we thought we’d share them with you.
As a grandparent, the good news about this stage of my parenting career is that I don’t have to worry about my kids’ vaccine schedules any longer.
The bad news is that I now worry about my grandkids’ immunizations (I have finally accepted that once you take of the role of being a parent, worrying is something you never stop doing. When your own kids grow up, you just transfer the focus of your concerns to your grandkids).
RICHMOND, B.C., August 30, 2013 – Children and adults heading back to school and to their regular routines this fall should take simple precautions to stay healthy and prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.
“Illnesses and infections such as a cold, the flu, pinkeye, and strep throat are common contagious conditions kids are likely to catch at school by touching multiple shared surfaces,” says London Drugs Pharmacist, Pindy Janda. “Hand washing is important all of the time but particularly when there is a change in routine – such as going back to school. Busy environments like schools and workplaces provide an ideal breeding environment for viruses and bacteria and prevention is the key to staying healthy.”
In addition to hand washing, Janda explains that it is important to practice good “sleep hygiene”. This involves choosing a fixed bedtime and awakening, avoiding daytime naps as well as monitoring caffeine and alcohol consumption. Getting back into a consistent sleep routine is one of the most important things for both children and adults.
If you’re a woman in BC 26 or younger and born before 1994, the HPV Vaccine is free!
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If you’re planning to travel this year, not only will you want to make sure you’re healthy, you’ll want to be aware of any public health concerns at your destination, and how to make sure you’re travelling healthy if you have an existing health condition.
The Canadian government recommends visiting a travel clinic approximately six weeks before any planned travel. London Drugs Travel & Immunization Clinic offers a range of important services to make sure you’re prepared for safe travel before the big day arrives.
Here’s some pretty sobering news about the potential limitations of some childhood vaccinations.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that infants who had been vaccinated against several strains of the pneumococcal bacteria (a standard vaccine in kids these days) were subsequently more likely than unvaccinated kids to become infected with other strains of the pneumococcus bacteria that were, perversely, more resistant to standard antibiotics than the strains covered in the vaccine.
In other words, vaccinated kids were well protected against the strains of bacteria present in the vaccine but they were more at risk from bacterial strains that were not covered in the vaccine, and the latter ones, it turns out, may actually do some kids more harm in the long run.
This doesn’t argue against vaccination but it does show the limits of our approach: bacteria want to live and to keep doing their thing, which involves infecting vulnerable humans, so they will adapt to our current weapons, and we need to keep improving our vigilance and especially our practices – to limit our use of antibiotics so as to reduce the risk of resistance – if we want to stay one step ahead of them.