Friday, Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville, received his flu shot from Rexall pharmacist, Ngoni Madambi. The flu shot is now available in Ontario and Rexall is once again making it easy and convenient for Ontarians to receive the vaccine by offering it at any store, at any time, any day – no appointment necessary.
Last year was the first year pharmacists were able to administer immunizations in Ontario and 80% of flu shots given by pharmacists were at a Rexall.
Easier access to vaccinations at pharmacies, including evenings and weekends, will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of Ontarians in the coming flu season. According to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the flu and its complications result in up to 1,000 hospitalizations and 1,600 deaths in Ontario each year.
There are a number of other simple steps to prevent the spread of the flu virus including:
- Wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to help remove bacteria and viruses. Wash before and after eating, after you have been in a public place, after using the washroom, after coughing and sneezing, and after touching surfaces that may have been contaminated. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also effective in killing viruses.
- Keep your hands away from your face. In most cases, the flu virus enters the body through the eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands.
- Keep common surface areas clean and disinfected. Doorknobs, light switches, telephones, keyboards and other surfaces can become contaminated with all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of these surfaces with regular household disinfectants can help. Viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours.
- If you get sick, stay home. If you think you have the flu, you should stay home until your symptoms are gone. If your symptoms get worse, call your health care provider.
“It’s pretty simple. Getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu. At Rexall we are happy to provide the Oakville community with easy and convenient access to the flu shot by making it available at any store, any time, any day and with no appointment necessary.” Ngoni Madambi Pharmacy Manager Rexall
About Rexall – With a heritage dating back to 1904, Rexall and Rexall Pharma Plus pharmacies are among the most trusted names in retail pharmacy. Rexall is focused on helping Canadians feel good about their health through easy access to a wide assortment of health and wellness services and products. Supported by our team of 8,600 employees in 426 pharmacies across the country, Rexall is continually evolving to enhance the customer experience. For more information visit Rexall.ca.