As we have seen in Australia, there is a definite expectation that Canadians will want to be protected against any vaccine preventable infection possible, including influenza. It is known that getting influenza changes the airway lining, increasing the risk of also getting pneumonia and with Covid-19 numbers rising this adds even greater concern. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is suggesting that when receiving the flu shot this year, other vaccines should be updated at the same time. There is a large emphasis on the pneumonia vaccines and shingles vaccines being updated; especially in the most vulnerable populations.
Pharmacists anticipate that they will receive the flu vaccine by mid-October. Now could be a good time to consult with them and your family physician about other vaccines that you may require.
Carolyn Whiskin is the Pharmacy Manager for Charlton Health. Carolyn specializes in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, pharmaceutical compounding, women’s health, pain and smoking cessation. Carolyn has won provincial and national awards for her commitment to patient care and public service.