Reminder to Healthy Individuals: Getting Your Flu Shot
Protects the Vulnerable and Saves Lives
For every flu shot administered at London Drugs this year, a lifesaving vaccine will be donated to help protect the world’s most vulnerable children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Getting vaccinated is crucial for individuals at high-risk for developing flu-related complications such as newborns, young children, pregnant women, and adults with chronic medical conditions. This year, London Drugs pharmacists are also reminding healthy individuals that one of the best reasons to get the flu shot is not just to protect yourself, but to protect those who are most vulnerable.
“Many people mistakenly believe there’s no need to get a flu shot because they are healthy,” says Gianni Del Negro, Pharmacist at London Drugs. “But good health is not an excuse to skip the vaccine. Getting a flu shot can save lives by preventing the spread of illness to high-risk individuals living in our communities.”
To reinforce this message, London Drugs is providing added incentive to get immunized this year.
For every flu shot administered at any London Drugs pharmacy, a lifesaving vaccine will be donated to UNICEF Canada to immunize children in a developing country against tetanus, polio or measles.
“Anyone who receives the flu shot at our pharmacies will be making a global impact, providing life-saving vaccinations to children worldwide, while taking care of their own health needs and potentially saving the lives of people in their own community as well,” says Del Negro.
London Drugs’ vaccination donation campaign is in partnership with I Boost Immunity (IBI), an online immunization advocacy network managed by the Public Health Association of British Columbia (PHABC), the BC Centre for Disease Control and funded by the BC Ministry of Health.
“Our goal is to increase awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated and to improve immunization rates both here in Canada and across the globe,” says Shannon Turner, Executive Director of the Public Health Association of BC. “By getting this year’s flu vaccine at London Drugs, Canadians can play an active role in helping to protect tens of thousands of the world’s most vulnerable children from vaccine-preventable diseases.”
I Boost Immunity has donated over half a million vaccines for children through UNICEF since March of 2016 through various campaigns.
“Since diseases cross local and national boundaries, vaccinating anyone, anywhere in the world, benefits all of us,” adds Turner.
To learn more about getting the flu shot at London Drugs, visit: http://www.LondonDrugs.com/flu.