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 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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Shingles—also known as herpes zoster—occurs when the latent virus from childhood chickenpox becomes active in later years. Experts haven’t uncovered how the virus is reactivated, but they do know that age and a weakened immune system contribute to its occurrence.
It’s estimated that 1 in 3 people will experience shingles in their lifetime, with the risk increasing after the age of 50. Shingles is a painful, blistering rash that can last several weeks. It can occur at any time, with no warning.