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Pharmacists gear up for the heart of flu season

from Jason Poquette

From Oct. 31: Last winter, there were nearly twice the number of deaths from the flu as are typically expected during a "bad" year. The reason for the significant increase in deaths last year is likely due to the fact that the strain appears to have mutated just prior to the flu season, making the available vaccine only about 40 percent effective. Pharmacists and pharmacies are gearing up now for this flu season, ordering in supplies of the influenza vaccine along with other antiviral medication, like Tamiflu. Patients are being encouraged to get immunized now, rather than waiting, especially since it can take two to four weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective. more

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