TRURO – Local pharmacists are joining the effort to fight the flu.
Colchester East Hants Health Authority pharmacists Martha Thusi, left, and Jackie Gray helped spread the word about the importance of flu shots during last weekend’s Colchester Regional Hospital Auxiliary Hubbub. Submitted photo
Pharmacists in the community and with the Colchester East Hants Health Centre gathered at the recently held Colchester Regional Hospital Auxiliary Hubbub to help introduce the new role pharmacists are playing in flu prevention efforts.
Pharmacists are now among health-care providers who are able to deliver the free vaccine to Nova Scotians. During the hubbub, more than 140 people took advantage of the chance to get vaccinated.
Family physicians have offered the vaccine for many years and residents have also been able to get vaccinated at public health clinics or clinics offered by workplaces.
By completing a combination of online training and workshops pharmacists can now receive certification to administer vaccines through the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists.
According to a news release from the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, even though hospital-based pharmacists with the authority aren’t offering vaccination clinics, having pharmacists certified to deliver vaccines will support patient well-being.
“One of the things our health-care team assesses when patients are admitted is whether their vaccinations are up to date. Having staff members on hand who are certified to offer these vaccinations will allow us to step in to offer this protection,” said Andrea Kent, manager of pharmacy services at the health centre.
The Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia website provides a complete list of pharmacies offering clinics this year (www.pans.ns.ca).