oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Understanding the influenza vaccination : review

Volume 83, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Circulating influenza ("flu") viruses are continuously undergoing change, which makes the public more vulnerable to contracting flu. While anyone can develop complications from flu, certain high-risk groups are more vulnerable to life-threatening complications. Pharmacists are in an ideal position to identify high-risk groups and to recommend an annual flu vaccination. Carefully explaining the benefits of and allaying certain misconceptions about the flu vaccination helps the number of people wishing to receive the flu vaccination annually to increase, thereby decreasing the high morbidity and mortality rate due to flu.

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