October marks the time we once again begin preparing for the upcoming flu season. The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of all Americans receive their influenza vaccinations. As part of American Pharmacists Month, pharmacists across the state are urging Illinois residents to get their flu vaccination.
Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN), a coalition of consumers, local business and pharmacists, is coming together to help educate people about the importance of flu vaccination. The influenza virus evolves each year, and vaccinations are the key to ensuring people remain healthy and safe. Everyone who is at least six months of age is eligible for a flu vaccine, and pharmacists are fully equipped and trained to administer flu vaccinations to those 10 years of age and older. Pharmacists are also a great education resource when it comes to learning more about the vaccination, and most pharmacies are open past normal office hours and do not require an appointment.
Local pharmacies offer a convenient and timely means for individuals and families to obtain their flu vaccinations. PCAN encourages Illinois residents, ages 10 and older, to visit your local participating pharmacy and speak with your pharmacist about getting your flu shot today.
Scott Meyers, Rph, MS, FASHP
Executive Vice President
Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists
From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue