Flu season is in full swing and hopefully, everyone has managed to avoid being infected so far. The last couple of years have brought forth miserable flu seasons for those unlucky enough to contract this respiratory virus.
Flu symptoms include:
- Sore Throat
- Runny Nose
- Muscle Aches
- Vomiting or Diarrhea – More common in children
It is important to note that not all of these symptoms will occur, but they could.
Health officials are hopeful that this year’s vaccine will prove to be more effective. The CDC is encouraging everyone to get their flu shot. Even though we are well into December it is not too late and pharmacists can play their part in encouraging patients who have not done so yet to get their flu shot. As a pharmacist, you can illuminate the benefits of receiving a flu shot such as the following:
If patients are afraid that getting the flu shot might give them the flu, reassure them that this is just a myth. Additionally, even though the flu shot might not protect against every potential strain of the flu, it is still highly effective at providing protection and potentially minimizing symptoms if the flu is contracted.
Even if you are a healthy individual who rarely if ever gets sick, getting the flu vaccine is a kindness to others who are more susceptible. Children, the elderly, and pregnant women have a higher potential of contracting the virus.
Offering to administer flu shots at your pharmacy is a convenient option for individuals so they do not have to make an appointment with their doctor. This alone serves as enough incentive to just mark it off of their to-do list while they are already picking up a prescription. For uninsured patients, the cost of the vaccine is still relatively low.
Make sure you also encourage everyone to wash their hands thoroughly and not to share beverages. These simple practices are imperative in order to minimize the impact of the flu. Learn more about the BestRx independent pharmacy software at BestRx.com!