I dropped by the Fenwick Street Shoppers Drug Mart in Halifax this week to spend a little time with my very favourite pharmacist, Thanh, who ironically enough, also happens to be one of my very favourite social influencers.
While working full-time as a Pharmacist and enjoying helping people in her professional life, Thanh is also enjoying a life filled with adventures and sharing them online at Love and Sundays (click on the photo to follow her on Instagram.)
Thanh and I have had the pleasure of working together on multiple projects throughout the last few years and I greatly enjoy spending time with her. While I love the funny, down-to-earth, energetic Thanh, the Pharmacist Thanh, is someone I’ve discovered to be knowledgeable, kind, trustworthy, patient and professional…all traits that are incredibly important for the work that she does.
With flu season well under way, I FINALLY got in to get my flu shot this week and before we started, Thanh asked me a number of questions about my health and asked if I had any questions. I made the comment that last year’s flu shot had my arm a bit sore for a few days and Thanh explained that you need to RELAX when you’re getting your needle. Chances are, I was a little uptight last year and if you’re tense and your muscles in your arms are clenched, you’ll feel it for a few days. BUT if you just hang your arm to your side while getting your needle…all should be good!
I only half believed her…except that it TOTALLY WORKED. A wee little soreness…but nothing compared to last year and really, the bottom line is, I can put up with a few days of my arm being a little tender but I don’t, in any way, want a week or more with Influenza!
There are lots of misconceptions when it comes to the flu shot. If you have any questions at all…a Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist will meet with you at anytime to discuss your health needs.
Some common myths include:
The flu is basically the same as a common cold and isn’t that serious.
FALSE. A cold tends to develop gradually, usually over the course of a day or two and can last up to two weeks. Flu can come out of nowhere and hit hard, with a fever lasting a few days and weakness and tiredness potentially for several weeks. The flu can also have very serious consequences – it is estimated that 12,200 people are hospitalized, and about 3,500 die each year from the flu. By getting the flu shot you can help ensure every family member is protected, especially those most vulnerable like children and the elderly.
The flu vaccine gives you the flu.
FALSE. Flu vaccinations delivered via a needle are either made with an ‘inactivated’ flu virus that’s not infectious, or with no flu virus at all.
You don’t need to get the flu vaccine every year.
FALSE. In order to best protect yourself from the flu you need to be vaccinated annually. Getting a vaccine doesn’t need to be a complicated, time consuming process. You can drop in to you local Shoppers Drug Mart at any time of day, without an appointment.
I have a friend I can turn to at ANY time if I have questions about vaccinations, medications, illnesses and more…BUT SO DO YOU! Your Shopper’s Pharmacist is there to answer all of your questions, and so much more.
Shoppers Cold & Flu Prize Pack:
To help take care of your family this flu season, Shoppers Drug Mart and Curtains are Open are hosting a giveaway…a chance to win a Cold & Flu Prize pack valued at $160. This prize package includes:
- $100 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card
- Life Brand Hand Sanitizer
- Life Brand Cough Drops
- Life Brand Vaporizing Cold Rub
- Life Brand Electrolyte Maintenance Powder
- Life Brand Vaporizer
- Life Brand Digital Thermometer
- No Name Disinfectant Wipes
- PC Chicken Noodle Soup
- PC Facial Tissues
- PC Feeling Soothed Tea
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart. As always, opinions are my own.