If you were driving today this morning (it is a lovely and shiny Friday!) on Stoney Trail in Calgary, Alberta, and listening to Matt Galloway in The Current. You would probably figure out that it is time for your flu vaccine.
And it is not because Matt was advocating for flu shots, or that one of his guests was talking about the importance of getting your flu shot for the 2022-2023 season.
You would know from the hoarse and disappearing voices of at least two of the guests, and their apologies that they cannot talk clearly since this morning! Or when the program host advises his guests, saying: “I am not a doctor but lemon and tea!”
And The Current is not the only radio program you would notice that in!
Another very good indicator of a flu shot necessity is how Australia was affected by influenza strains this year.
Based on available information, this influenza season was particularly harsh in Australia! Since the winter in Australia (in the southern hemisphere of the earth) begins in the summer of the northern hemisphere, so all of the flu statistics and even the flu strains come from Australia.
Probably due to the lockdowns, masks, and travel limitations, the immune system forgot how to deal with the flu strains!
For Australia, the number of cases with symptoms similar to influenza has exceeded five years average!
Ogden Pharmacy in Calgary is now offering flu shots for the 2022-2023 season to help protect the community from the dangers of the flu. The flu is a serious respiratory illness that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Each year, millions of people get the flu, and thousands die from it (during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, flu transmission was limited due to masking, social distancing, and restrictions). The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is to get vaccinated.
This year’s flu vaccine | shot protects against two types of influenza: type A and B.
Flu shots are safe and effective. They are the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. The side effects of the flu shot are usually mild and go away on their own. Serious side effects are rare. If you have a severe allergic reaction to the flu shot, seek medical help right away.
If you are 65 years of age or older, you should get a flu shot every year. If you are younger than 65, you should also get a flu shot to avoid any possible complications from the flu. You should also get a flu shot if you are pregnant, or if you are a health care worker.
If you are unable to get a flu shot, there are other things you can do to protect yourself from the flu. Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home from work or school to avoid spreading the flu to others.
The bottom line is that flu shots are the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. If you want more information regarding the facts and myths about vaccines, you can check this article.
If you live in Calgary, within Ogden, Riverbend, or any other community, you can get your flu shot by just walk-in at our southeast location at 7 – 1603 62 Avenue SE, Calgary T2C 2C5.
Book your flu shot appointment (or your * COVID-19 shot or booster or the Moderna Bivalent vaccine) down below.
* Adults and 11+ kids can combine the flu shot and any COVID-19 vaccine or booster in one setting.
If you have any questions, you contact us using the Facebook Messenger Chat on this webpage.
You can call us at 587-391-9878, and one of our pharmacists will answer all of your concerns.
Ask us how to host a flu clinic at your workplace or facility, or organization.