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I am feeling under the weather, so I should wait to get vaccinated.

Welcome to “A Virtual Q&A with Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacists”! Join our pharmacists as they answer your questions on various health and medication topics.

I am feeling under the weather, so I should wait to get vaccinated.

Vaccination should not be delayed because of minor or moderate acute illness such as the common cold with or without fever. Influenza is a respiratory infection caused primarily by influenza A and B viruses. These viruses become more active in late fall and peak in mid to late winter, which is why so many of us get the flu around this time of year. Influenza occurs globally with an annual attack rate estimated at 5-10% in adults, and 20-30% in children. Symptoms of influenza typically include sudden onset of fever, cough, and muscle aches. Other common symptoms include headache, chills, loss of appetite, fatigue, and sore throat. Most people will recover within a week to ten days, but some people are at greater risk of severe complications such as pneumonia or even death. Influenza infection can also worsen certain chronic conditions such as heart disease. In the case of a serious acute illness, it should usually be postponed until symptoms have resolved. If you’re not sure, you can always talk to your health care provider.

Whether you have questions about your prescription medications, over-the-counter products, immunizations, or other health concerns, our pharmacists are here to help.

The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters.

This information included in this recording is correct as of August 14, 2020.