Pharmacist Flu Q&A

For our family, getting the flu is a serious issue, as it usually means respiratory complications and ending up at the hospital. My husband and boys all suffer from viral induced asthma, so prevention is key in our household.

We practice lots of handwashing, try to eat healthy foods and avoid going to indoor play spaces and crowded places during the winter as well. We also get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available each year. Getting the flu vaccine at our local Shoppers Drug Mart is fast, virtually painless and FREE for us.

We usually go get the flu shot together and the boys love that they get a lollipop after they get their vaccine.

Pharmacist Flu Q&A {Gift Basket Giveaway - $150 Value}

When it comes to talking about the cold/flu and flu vaccines there are a lot of misconceptions. Below you will find a list of some of the most common misconceptions associated with the flu vaccine according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Healthy people don’t need to get vaccinated.

FALSE. When you get the flu shot, you’re not just protecting yourself but also those you love. Even if you’re healthy, it’s possible to spread the virus to others who may more susceptible to flu, or high-risk groups like children, the elderly or pregnant women.

The flu vaccine gives you the flu.

FALSEFlu 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. 

FALSEIn 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.  Canadians can drop in to their local Shoppers Drug Mart or select grocery stores at any time of day, without an appointment. Please note that they can’t vaccinate children younger than 5 years old so for younger children you must go to a vaccination clinic or to your Family Doctor.

You should wait until the height of flu season to get vaccinated so you’re protected for longer.

FALSE. While it’s never too late to get vaccinated, it’s best to receive your flu shot soon after it’s available, likely October. The antibodies delivered via the flu vaccine that protect you against infection take up to two weeks to take effect, and since the flu peaks between December – February it’s important to get vaccinated weeks before the holiday party season starts.

Pregnant women need to get consent from their doctor prior to receiving the flu vaccine.

FALSE. There is no recommendation for pregnant women to seek consent from their doctor prior to vaccination. However, there are some people who should seek their doctors’ advice prior to being vaccinated, including those who have a moderate – to – severe illness and patients with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

We got our vaccines this year at our local Shoppers Drug Mart and it took us only 10-15 minutes, with no appointment required. We’ve been getting the flu vaccine for years there as well and we schedule to do it in October, as soon as the flu vaccine is available.

Have you gotten your flu vaccine this year?

 

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

253 responses to “Pharmacist Flu Q&A”

  1. I drink a lot of liquid and eat Vitamin C

  2. I get my flu shot, eat plenty of fresh produce and use hand sanitizer.

  3. I wash my hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.

  4. Well, I am on my 2nd course of antibiotics in less than a month lol. I got the flu shot, I clean, clean, clean, take lots of fluids to stay hydrated, eat a balanced meal so I was surprised I got sick. I try to stay away from people as much as possible especially if they seem unwell.

  5. Multivitamins daily lots of water and always have sanitizer on hand.

  6. We wash our hands a lot , drink a lot of water and juice and get lots of sleep.

  7. 2nd comment sorry but I put potato slices in socks under my feet- before bed. You should have seen how blackened they were the first night. The 2nd night they were light brown. This is used to drain toxins from your lungs and I felt so much better the next day.

  8. I get the flu shot and wash my hands before I eat anything!

  9. My best tip to avoid the cold and flu is to get the flu shot at the drugstore. It’s a good idea to wash your hands frequently and use disinfecting wipes to clean phones, tablets and other things that are touched and shared by others.

  10. I try to keep healthy during flu season by regularly taking my vitamins and getting enough sleep. Our family gets our annual flu shots.

  11. We frequently wash our hands and take extra vitamins, along with getting the flu shot!

  12. Ways I keep healthy during flu season are to wash hands frequently,disinfect countertops,doorknobs,telephones.I take vitamins and lots of vitamin C.

  13. Staying healthy doing flu season, wash your hand often and never touch your face without washer our hands first.

  14. What I do, not only during the flu/cold season, but always, is after being around the public, out shopping, I wash my hands with soap and water when I arrive home.

  15. I take extra Vit C & wash my hands religiously!

  16. To stay healthy, I keep taking my daily vitamins and washing my hands!

  17. I try to stay healthy by getting a flu shot, eating healthy, washing my hands and getting lots of sleep

  18. I get a lot of vitamin C as well as keep hand sanitizer at my desk at work.

  19. I wash my hands A LOT to stay healthy as my first defense, along with a healthy diet and daily vitamins.

  20. Get the flu shot, lots of hand washing and plenty of rset.

  21. Washing hands often.

  22. I get the flu shot and take vitamins to stay healthy during cold/flu season.

  23. i wash my hands every chance i get, and i make my kids wash theirs as well…we try to stay away from dr,s offices unless absolutely necessary..lit seems every time we go, we pick up some sort of cold or flu…when my kids are sick, they don’t go to school, library, and other public places…we try not to spread it

  24. I get my flu shot, do lots of handwashing and take extra vitamins to try and stay healthy during the cold/flu season!

  25. we make sure to take a daily vitamin, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, eat of veggies and wash hands often

  26. We take vitamins, get our flu shot, stau home when we are sick, try to keep the surfaces clean in our home and wash our hands often. Thanks!!

  27. We try to always wash hands every time we enter the house… and always often during the day. But we also all takeVitamin D in winter, and we get our flu shots around here!

  28. I get my flu shot every year, clean hands, humidifier, plenty of fluids and eat well

  29. We wash our hands frequently during flu season !

  30. I try to make sure to wash my hands often, take vitamins and get enough sleep

  31. I get my flu shot every fall, wash my hands frequently, take vitamins and cover my mouth if I cough or sneeze.

  32. I get a flu shot, take Vitamin C and D and was my hands often to stay healthy in the flu season

  33. We take vitamins, eat more fruits and veggies, wash our hands often

  34. I keep my natural remedies on hand during the flu season: vitamin C, oregano oil, propolis, lemon ginger tea.

  35. Shoppers is my favourite store!

  36. I’ll wash my hands regularly and stay hydrated!

  37. I try not to touch door handles, wash my hands frequently and always take a daily multivitamin.

  38. I get a flu shot and I make sure everyone is careful to wash their hands on a regular basis.

  39. I eat foods that are easy on the stomach when I’m sick

  40. I use a nasal rinse daily to keep away the germs

  41. To stay healthy during the flu/cold season I wash my hands and sanitize door knobs, light switches and anything we touch regularly. https://twitter.com/loriagalbraith/status/951597212949196800

  42. constant hand washing

  43. I drink a lot of water and take Vitamin C

  44. Drink lots of liquids & frequent hand washing.

  45. I always cook food in my house I make sure my hands are always clean with my kid being in school I make sure he gets his flu shot right away we make sure to give the kids vitamins everyday as well!

  46. To try and stay healthy during cold and flu season I practice frequent handwashing and when that is not possible, I use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

  47. Before flu season, I get the flu shot. I also take Vitamin C pills and wash my hands often.

  48. i drink lots of fluids

  49. I wash my hands more often & avoid touching door handles with bare hands!

  50. I wash my hands often especially after being out in public.

  51. Washing hands and lots of sleep!

  52. get lots pf sleep, eat properly and exercise.

  53. I make sure I get my flu shot, wash my hand often , take my vitamins and get proper rest

  54. I am a serial hand washer, and supplement with Vitamin C + D throughout the winter season.

  55. drink lots of fluids, get rest and wash those hands

  56. To stay healthy in the flu season – we take our daily vitamins and we wash our hands often to keep them clean.

  57. I make sure to wash, wash, wash my hands …. and then wash them some more! Working in a toddler program at a daycare has taught me to be vigilant!

  58. we love your products and wish to win the basket of SDM goodies!

  59. It is a good idea to promote the importance of a flu shot

  60. we wash hands often

  61. I wash my hands well and often and get my flu shot every year. I also take multivitamins daily and try to avoid sick people whenever possible.

  62. We take vitamins daily as well as probiotics to keep colds & flu away! Plus a ton of handwashing or using hand sanitizer especially after touching public surfaces!

  63. wash my hands very often and take vitamins in the winter

  64. I always wash my hands!

  65. wash my hands alot

  66. I drink plenty of water and get fresh air!

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  67. I take daily vitamins, eat healthy, gets plenty of sleep and wash my hands.

  68. I get my flu shot every year and I wash my hands frequently.

  69. I wash my hands more often and carry hand sanitizer with me. Here is the link to my tweet. https://twitter.com/DoreenLamoureux/status/952167452401684480

  70. My favorite place to shop

  71. Avoid touching my nose, mouth and eyes

  72. Get a flu shot! Drink plenty of water and wash hands often

  73. I get a flu shot and wash my hands regularly.

  74. I wash my hands often to stay healthy.

  75. I get the flu shot every year and always wash my hands.

  76. I stay hydrated and wash my hands lots!

  77. I have found that frequent hand washing by far is one of the best preventative measures about getting sick. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

  78. wash hands often

  79. Getting plenty of rest during flu season is important and washing your hands regularly.

  80. I wash my hands frequently and get plenty of sleep and exercise

  81. Eat right and get regular exercise

  82. I get my flu shot and wash my hands regularly.

  83. Drink extra water and take Oil of oregano at the first sign of symptoms

  84. I stay healthy during the flu season by getting enough rest and practicing self care.I use diffusers,eat healthy, exercise, etc.

  85. i gjet my flu shot every year and I wash my hands multiple times a day, especially if I have been out shopping or interacting with people. I also carry sanitizing wipes for when I use public transport. (My husband says I am paranoid, but he is the one coughing and feeling lousy right now.)

  86. We stay healthy by getting flu shot each year.

  87. I always make sure to wash my hands and clean hard surfaces to prevent the spread of germs

  88. I got my fly shot in October. I also try to stay healthy by drinking tons of water and eating healthy.

  89. I get the flu shot, eat well, sleep lots and wash my hands frequently.

  90. I try to wash my hands a lot, eat vitamin C and don’t kiss people on the lips.

  91. Always wash your hands. If you’re symptomatic — stay home! Don’t spread the germs!

  92. I take coldfx

  93. I wash my hands ever few hours

  94. I get the flu school yearly as I am retired but still substitute I school libraries so am around a lot of colds! Frequently wash my hands and drink lots of tea.

  95. I get a flu shot every year and make sure to wash my hands frequently.

  96. I drink a lot of liquid and eat Vitamin C

  97. Washing hands has become a habit now and always take vitamins

  98. I keep healthy by getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, taking vitamins and staying away from people who are sick.

  99. Avoid sharing objects

  100. We take our multi vitamins everyday, lots of fruit & veggies. Sleep & exercise everyday

  101. we try to get lots of sleep

  102. constant hand washing

  103. I wash my hands often and avoid large crowds during flu season

  104. I wash my hands and make sure to take my vitamins

  105. I drink lots of water

  106. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Flush out the toxins from your body and stay hydrated. Add a little lemon/lime for flavour and an added burst of vitamin C. Plus, take a vitamin D supplement for a healthy body core.

  107. I get a flu shot every year, wash my hands well often and always before preparing food.

  108. Use hand sanitizer often!

  109. I stay warm and drink lots of vitamin C .

  110. I get a yearly flu shot and I get plenty of vitamin C.

  111. I wash my hands a lot and clean the door handles and light switches more than I normally do.

  112. I get my flu shot, and eat healthy.

  113. Wash my hands a lot, and take vitamin C

  114. Lot’s of vitamin C!

  115. I wash my hands very often and try to stay away from people! LOL.

  116. I always carry hand sanitizer for when we are out and about and wipes to wipe down the grocery carts as I find that’s the main place my toddler catches germs

  117. I make sure to drink Emergen-C as soon as I feel any cold symptoms coming on.

  118. wash hands and use hand sanitizers regularily, eat vitamin rich foods, take vitamins, get lots of rest

  119. I wash my hands regularly, and keep my hands away from my eyes, ears, nose and mouth.

  120. Drink tea and work out at the gym.

  121. I drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits and veggies

  122. I get lots of extra sleep/rest and use a lot of hand sanitizer.

  123. I wash my hands constantly. I also get the flu shot.

  124. Most stores have wipes by the carts so we use them to wipe down the cart and our hands before we start shopping.

  125. I try t wash my hands after any activity that can spread germs!

  126. I try to wash my hands a lot during flu season, and keep my immunity up by eating healthy.

  127. I take Vitamin C and wash my hands regularly!

  128. flu shot, drink plenty of water and wash hands a lot

  129. I make sure to get enough sleep and eat my vitamins

  130. wash hands often

  131. Lots of sleep, plenty of tea and using hand sanitizer like it is going out of style.

  132. 1. Washing my hands for 20 seconds, and then towel drying them very well.
    2. Moisturing my hands to prevent cracks, where the bacteria can reside otherwise.
    3. Staying away from those family and friends that are currently sick.
    4. Getting as much sleep every night as I can.
    5. Eating lots of fruits and veggies (high in Vitamin C), and drinking lots of water to keep hydrated.
    6. And I GET THE FLU SHOT every year.

  133. The most important thing I have learned over the years is get the flu shot, and when you are out don’t touch your face and as soon as you get home wash your hands good.

  134. Air out your house periodically – your house gets so stale in the winter.

  135. Eat right and get regular exercise

  136. Wash my hands frequently.

  137. I get the flu shot every year, With the sniffles every fall. But holy smokes this year I have the worst cold I think I ever had . From the first of Nov/17.and still have symptoms 01-14-18 .Pls. help me SDM

  138. I exercise, wash my hands frequently and always keep my ears covered when I’m out in the cold!

  139. I drink plenty of water, get lots of sleep and wipe down door knobs and handles.

  140. I try to get enough sleep to stay healthy.

  141. Get enough sleep!

  142. I make sure to wash my hands ALL the time, take multivitamins and drink plenty of orange juice!

  143. We always get our flu shot ,take vitamins and wash our hands lots.

  144. I get the flu shot and wash my hands frequently. I also try to eat healthy and get enough rest.

  145. I try to get plenty of sleep, eat fruits and vegetables. Wash my hands often:)

  146. Stay well rested.

  147. Eat and sleep well.

  148. Getting plenty of rest
    Avoiding large congregations of people
    Washing hands frequently

    The above are great ideas but that FLU shot is a necessity

  149. I cough or sneeze into my sleeve to prevent spreading germs

  150. I try to stay healthy by washing my hands frequently and avoiding large crowds, if possible.

  151. try and get rest drink lots of vitamin C and try and eat right

  152. I try to keep my hands clean, stay away from those who are sick and stay hydrated as much as possible.

  153. frequent hand washing

  154. Stay hydrated and focus on hygiene – wash hands, etc.

  155. I stay healthy during cold and flu season by staying away from sick people.

  156. Flu shot, lots of citrus, lots of healthy soups and moderate exercise.

  157. I try to eat right, get lots of rest and wash my hands constantly to avoid colds and flu.

  158. I got the flu shot. I get lots of rest & drink lots of fluids.

  159. I wash my hands often and avoid sick people.

  160. I take a multi vitamin, and make sure I wash my hands frequently.

  161. My boyfriend instilled in me to not touch my face! Keeps those germs away!

  162. I get the flu shot.

  163. we make sure to always sleep 8 hours, drink lots of water, eat lots of fruit and take a half spoon of honey daily.

  164. I carry hand sanitizer EVERYWHERE

  165. We stay healthy during flu season by eating healthy. We grow a lot of our food and make a lot of soups to freeze for winter. We take vitamins, wash our hands a lot and get the flu shot. Thank you for this Great Giveaway 🙂

  166. We try to eat healthy and stay away from others that have colds and are not feeling well

  167. I wash my hands frequently and take multivitamins

  168. I get the flu shot and wash my hands

  169. My number one tip is to get your annual flu shot; it will protect you and others (herd immunity). I never miss mine!

  170. My tip is to always wash your hands and drink lots of water

  171. I try to stay healthy by frequently washing my hands and getting my kids to do the same.

  172. Our house rule is that hands must be washed after coming indoors from anywhere.

  173. I make sure I wash my hands before eating and I also take multivitamins

  174. I find outdoor activities I love to ensure I get some sunlight, fresh air and stay active.

  175. I eat lots of veggies and fruit and drink lots of water to stay healthy !

  176. I am a Health Educator and I get the flu shot annually. I also take very good care of myself.

  177. We try to eat right, exercise, sleep well, get a flu shot and wash our hands frequently! Thanks for the contest!

  178. I get the flu shot.

  179. I try to get plenty of rest, eat healthy and avoid crowds whenever possible. I drink lots of water and make sure to get my flu shot each year

  180. I get my flu shot every year and wash my hands frequently to stay healthy during cold/flu season.

  181. I get lots of sleep and wash my hands often.

  182. I limit any alcohol drinking because it lowers your immune system! I take Vitamin D drops during the winter to be safe!

  183. I get my flu shot!

  184. i keep hydrated and eat lots of veggies high in Vitamin C

  185. I wash my hands constantly to stay healthy during the flu season.

  186. I wash my hands frequently.

  187. To stay healthy during the flu season we frequently wash our hands and try to eat healthy, lots of fruits and veggies.

  188. I take vitamins.

  189. We wash our hands frequently and we cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze

  190. Wash hands and eat healthy!

  191. Wash our hands regularly, wipe the door handles down drink lots of fluids,make sure we eat lots of fruits and veggies to stay healthy during the flu season.

  192. I get a flu shot and wash my hands lots.

  193. We open the windows when its not too cold to let the germs out.

  194. Take vitamins and get more vitamin C from OJ

  195. We wash our hands a lot.

  196. I had the flu shot as I have done every year, wash my hands frequently in hot water and try to avoid those people who have the flu.

  197. What a great site, book marketing it for sure

  198. We get a flu shot, wash our hands a lot, drink a lots of water and orange juice and get enough sleep.

  199. drink lots of ginger tea

  200. Extra vit c and garlic…lots of water and dressing weather appropriate

  201. We get a flu shot and wash our hands more often in the flu season.

  202. We get our flu shots every year, but we also focus on handwashing as the best defense

  203. As soon as we get home, we wash our hands @onesmileymonkey and #ShoppersFlu

  204. I eat healthy,green foods drink lots of fluids and make sure to find time to relax (meditate, exercise, etc)

  205. I eat healthy food all year round, avoid everything processed and take vitamins C and D throughout the winter months.

  206. I make sure I wash my hands very often! Best defense is a good offense.

  207. I want to stay healthy and less sick so I can spend more time with family and take care of my little one when he’s sick

  208. Antibacterial handwash, echineaca, vaporizer with eucalyptus and high amounts of antioxidants foods plus raw green juice are my go to in flu season.

  209. Wash hands, disinfect, drink o.j., take vitamins.

  210. Wash hands frequently, take vitamin c and D during the winter months, gargle with salt as soon as I feel even the slightestimate bit or a sore throat and use net pots for my nose, drink plenty of hot fluids with honey and lemon. dress for the weather and get good night’s sleep most nights

  211. I drink lots of water, wash my hand often, and eat a balanced diet filled with lots of vegetables and fruit.

  212. Sometimes there are sooooo many sick people around I often play hermit! lol

  213. I get the flu shot every year as a preventative measure against getting sick with it.

  214. wow

  215. We make sure to wash our hands often and eat healthy!

  216. I try to get lots of sleep and eat my veggies!

  217. I get the flu shot, wash my hands and take vitamin C

  218. I use all of these products and I’m running low. This would be perfect timing to restock should I win.
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  219. I wash my hands often and use hand sanitizer while I’m out!

  220. Wash your hands! A lot!
    & get your flu shot!

  221. Washing my hands a lot and staying hydrated

  222. eat well and get enough sleep!

  223. I wash my hands all the time to avoid germs. Keeping clean is important for everyone.

  224. Rest, eat right and a flu shot for sure!!!

  225. I drink lots of water, eat lots of fruits and veggues, exercise and of course wash my hands frequently.

  226. I drink a lot of fluids!

  227. We wash our hands all the time and get lots of rest.

  228. We drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest!

  229. We eat well, get lots of rest, hydrate, and get our flu shots!

  230. I get a good night’s sleep and eat healthy food.

  231. We have a large family and we regularly get the flu shot – anything that helps keep us healthy is great!

  232. Definitely eating healthy and keeping active, the better shape your body is in the better your immune system!

  233. My family makes sure to get plenty of rest and we always hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

  234. I try my utmost to stay away from sick people and never touch my face with hands.

  235. I did get a flu shot early October. But it is hard for me to stay away from potential sickness as I work in customer service. You would be surprised those sicklies that come out and touch your things. I try to sanitize and wash my hands frequently, however, it’s hard with frequent exposure.

  236. Absolutely brilliant! With the flu season in full fling, a shortage of antivirals to treat it and the fear of the vaccine’s side effects that have floated around by unsubstantiated facts.

    Constant hand washing, hand sanitizer & paranoia of touching bathroom handles. LOL

  237. Eat healthy, take vitamins, wash hands a lot.

  238. I are best friends. That’s how I get through the Winters with no sickness.

  239. I make sure to wash my hands often, drink lots of fluids and try to get lots of rest.

  240. I constantly wash my hands, and drink a lot of orange juice.

  241. I try to stay healthy by washing hands, drinking water, and vitamins

  242. For medical reasons, I can’t get a flu shot, so take daily vitamins & eat healthy, wash & sanitize hands, stay hydrated, get 8 hours of sleep & avoid being near family members when they’re sick.

  243. We run around reminding each other to wash hands…morning, noon and night.

  244. We always get the flu shot, taking extra vitamin C and wash our hands frequently to avoid the flu. This year we have also been avoiding large crowds because the flu is so bad.

  245. I always get my flu shot, take vitamins and wash my hands frequently.

  246. Wear a mask in the waiting room if you must see walk-in doctor!!!!

  247. Other than avoiding people like the plague or give them the stink eye when they cough and not cover their mouth (or leave a public bathroom and NOT wash their hands *shudder*), I don’t change anything out of my habits as consuming lots of vitamins, minerals, and keeping good hygiene is an ongoing habit, not seasonal.

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  251. I have very very seldom had flu and don’t often catch a cold or cough either so I’m one of the lucky ones. Now that I’m retired I make sure to get my flu shot every year, better to be safe than sorry I reckon.

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