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Pharmacists Offer Recommendations to Guide Public Through Cold and Flu Season
Date:1/18/2011

ation at night. Do not give medication to a child who is not fully awake.
  • Remember, most OTC medications are for temporary relief of minor symptoms. Contact your pharmacist or health care provider if your condition persists or gets worse.
  • The flu, common colds and most other upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses and are NOT treated with antibiotics. An antiviral will reduce the symptoms of the flu if received within the first 48 hours of symptom onset.
  • There is still time to protect your family from the flu; the CDC recommends all persons six months or older receive an influenza vaccine. The vaccine is available throughout the flu season or as long as supply lasts. Make sure to speak with your pharmacist about your vaccination needs.

  • APhA encourages consumers to follow good health practices to prevent the spread of influenza, colds and other transmissible illnesses. Consumers are encouraged to cover their mouth and nose during a cough or sneeze, avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and wash their hands frequently. Other good health practices to follow include using alcohol based hand sanitizer, getting plenty of regular sleep and avoiding work, school or other places of close contact when you are sick.

    About the American Pharmacists AssociationThe American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, represents more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States.


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