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I am young and healthy – I don’t need the flu vaccine!

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 young and healthy – I don’t need the flu vaccine!

Anyone can get sick from the flu, we're all at risk. In Canada, it’s estimated more than 12,000 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths occur each year due to influenza and worldwide there is upwards of 500,000 deaths due to the flu. Although certain population groups are at higher risk of complications and hospitalizations, such as pregnancy, adults with chronic health conditions, children under the age of 5, and adults over the age of 65, we all have a role to play in reducing the transmission of influenza to those at high risk by getting vaccinated. The more of us that get vaccinated, helps create community immunity, also known as herd immunity. When people in a community have been vaccinated against a disease, the chance of an outbreak of that disease is greatly reduced. Depending on the predominant strain of influenza and circulation, it can disproportionately affect certain age groups as in previous years when H1N1 was predominant the highest proportion of ICU admissions was actually among those 45-64 years of age. Even if you do come down with the flu after vaccination, you will be less likely to get severe symptoms or require hospitalization.

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.