Monday, July 27, 2009

Don’t take symptoms lightly — pharmacists

From the Halifax Chronicle Herald:
Some pharmacists in Halifax are sending clients with bad coughs and other flu-like symptoms directly to their doctors in light of the H1N1 outbreak in the province.

And, it’s likely there will be more such referrals after Friday’s first recorded swine flu death, they say.

"I have recommended on at least two occasions when someone had quite a bad cough . . . that they seek medical attention right away," said Mary Ellen Savage, a pharmacist at Kyte’s Pharmasave in Dartmouth.

"For that type of symptom, I’m trying to refer them immediately."

A pharmacist at a Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in central Halifax said those with flu-like symptoms are being told they should get checked out "as soon as possible." ...more

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