Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Local pharmacies to provide flu vaccines this season

From the Fredericton (NB) Daily Gleaner:
More than 60 New Brunswick pharmacies will be offering the seasonal influenza vaccine over the winter months, including many across the capital region.

That means residents looking to roll up their sleeves for the protective shot will have more opportunities to access the vaccine than in previous years.

The shot, which is designed to give recipients increased protection from two strains of the seasonal flu and from the H1N1 virus, will still be available at public clinics offered by the Victorian Order of Nurses and through family physicians across the province.

But Lisa Zwicker, president of the New Brunswick Pharmacists' Association, said using pharmacists to administer the shot will make it easier for many residents to get the protection they desire.

She said this is another example of how pharmacists are helping to reduce the strain on provincial medical professionals and make care more accessible and convenient. ...more

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