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Flu Shot Myths: Fact or Fiction?

When it comes to flu shots, there are a lot of myths out there about the shot and its effects. See if you can tell fact from fiction in the most common flu shot myths below.

I need to go to my doctor to get a prescription to get my flu shot.

Fiction: There is no prescription needed to get your flu shot. Simply stop by the pharmacy to get yours today!

Getting the flu shot is just one step to protecting myself from the flu this season.

Fact: During cold and flu season, experts recommend staying hydrated, getting lots of sleep, avoiding people who have the flu, and washing your hands with soap and water frequently. All of these steps together can help prevent spreading the flu and other illnesses.

I don’t want to get the flu shot, it will give me the flu!

Fiction: The flu shot is an inactive version of the virus that cannot transmit infection, and can take up to two weeks to provide you with full protection, so if you were exposed to an illness before you got your shot, you were likely going to get sick anyway.

Even if it’s late in the flu season, getting a flu shot can still help protect me.

Fact: While flu season typically lasts from August through March, there is no definite time frame for “flu season,” so as long as the virus is circulating, it is beneficial to get your shot. Better late than never.

I don’t need to get the vaccine because I am healthy.

Fiction: Even though you may not contract the illness, you can still spread the virus to those who are at a higher risk for getting the flu like small children and the elderly.

The flu isn’t that bad, I’m better off taking my chances.

Fiction: While symptoms of the flu closely resemble those of the common cold, they are often times worse, and account for 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations each year. The flu can also lead to other, more serious complications, so better to get vaccinated rather than take the chance of getting the flu.

I can still spread the flu, even if I don’t have any symptoms.

Fact: The flu virus is contagious and can be spread between adults within 1 day of infection. This means that before you even know you are sick, you may be passing the virus onto others. According to the Harvard Flu Resource center, 20-30% of people who carry the flu virus never show symptoms, but can still pass it along to others.

I got vaccinated last year, so I don’t need to get the shot this year.

Fiction: The flu strain changes each year, so it is important to get vaccinated against the strain most likely to cause an outbreak during the current season.

 

References:

“10 flu myths.” Harvard Health Publications [Web blog post]. Retrieved September 25, 2014 from http://www.health.harvard.edu/flu-resource-center/10-flu-myths.htm.

“Key Facts About Influenza & Flu Vaccine.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved September 25, 2014 from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm.

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4 Simple Ways to Relieve Seasonal Allergies Naturally

As the seasons start to change, regular allergy sufferers may be dreading the shift from Summer to Fall. To help head off, and even naturally remedy some of the typical seasonal allergies, try these 4 tips from our pharmacists.

1. Nasal Irrigation

Nasal irrigation is a non-invasive method used to clean the sinuses through the nasal cavity, and can provide short-term relief of nasal allergy symptoms. Lily’s carries the Neti Pot system in-store, but our pharmacist cautions users not to overdo it, as long-term use can expose users to infection. Consult with your Lily’s pharmacist today to give it a try!

2. Eat Local- Honey that is!

Consuming honey that is made in your home town may prevent and relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies by helping to build immunities to local allergens and environmental triggers.

Lily’s mom has a go-to recipe when the symptoms start, drink a concoction of warm water, lemon and local honey for soothing relief. Try one of our favorites- Sweetwater Creek Honey Farm Raw Honey, available in-store!

3. Change Dusty Air Filters

To reduce the allergens circulating through your home, change your air filters regularly and wipe down vent covers to remove excess dust and allergens.

4. Humidifiers

When the air in your home is dry, sinuses do not drain and function properly. Running a humidifier at night will add moisture back into the air and keep your nasal passages lubricated. We carry several models in the pharmacy and one of our pharmacists will be happy to help you choose the best one for you.

These are just a few ways to naturally help allergy sufferers through the change in seasons. Feel free to ask your Lily’s pharmacist for tips so we can help you feel your best this allergy season.

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Entero What?!?

1410222963000-0908_enterovirus_map201Since school has started, the number of children with respiratory infections has doubled to quadrupled at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta due to enterovirus infections. Remember to wash your hands with warm water and soap instead of using just antibacterial hand gel or foam!

For more information, check out this helpful link to a recent CNN article.

 

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Another reason to stay away from mail order pharmacy!
poli_cartoon_081811Did you know, according to a recent analysis from Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services, mail order pharmacies frequently charge medicare prescription drugs up to 83 percent higher than at community pharmacies. Come check out your prescription cost today at Lily’s!

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/medicare-analysis-finds-mail-order-pharmacies-often-more-expensive-than-community-pharmacies-234284731.html

 

 

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Your pharmacist loves fruit!


citrus

Did you know just eating fruits on a daily basis can decrease your heart disease risk by 40%?!?
Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruits especially may have protective benefits.
BUT remember to ask your pharmacist if your medications are safe to take with grapefruits!!!
Grapefruit juice may increase the toxicity of your medications like Lipitor, Zocor, Cordarone, Prograf and more.

http://time.com/3263737/eating-fruits-cuts-heart-disease-risk/

 

 

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Misconception #11 of an Independent Pharmacy

But you are a “specialty” or “boutique” pharmacy, I can’t get all of my one-stop shopping and all of my regular prescription and OTC products there…I can just use you guys for compounds or other “special” items.

That is another misconception that we deal with all the time.  We are not a “specialty” pharmacy or a “boutique” pharmacy, we are a pharmacy that works the way a pharmacy should.  We are full service, offering all regular prescription products, taking all of the same insurance with all the same or better co-pays and prices as everywhere else.  We also happen to offer a full line of extremely competitively priced OTC products, durable medical equipment, compression-wear, and orthopedic shoes.  We also offer specialty pharmacy services like medication management in collaboration with local physicians, compounding, and free delivery…the things you don’t find in a chain.  Don’t look at us like a niche or “boutique specialty” pharmacy, look at us as the way all pharmacies should be!  Everything you are used to, plus a whole lot more!  Why wouldn’t you switch…what could you possibly have to lose?

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Misconception #10 of an Independent Pharmacy

You don’t have the extensive line of cheaper store brand over-the-counter items that my chain pharmacy has.

We have a store brand, just like the chain pharmacies do.  In fact, our store brand items are much cheaper than the national brands and are cheaper than competitive store brands as well…let us prove it.  Give us a call for a price check any time…we are also happy to deliver over-the-counter products any time we deliver prescriptions as well…free of charge, of course!  Just let us know what you need and we will bring it with your free delivery!

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Misconception #9 of an Independent Pharmacy

You don’t have the $4/$10 list like the big-box chain does.

We have a very extensive $4/$10 list, and we do our best to match prices from our competitors.  If you are an uninsured patient, just let us know and we will give you very competitive cash prices.  Heck, I suggest that even insured patients get cash quotes from us…a lot of times we can beat your insurance co-pay.

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Misconception #8 of an Independent Pharmacy

You can’t use my HSA or FSA card automatically when filling prescriptions, like the chain does.

Nope – we, along with many of our independent pharmacy brethren accept HSA and FSA cards the same way that the chain pharmacies do.

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Misconception #7 of an Independent Pharmacy

I get a notice (email, text, phone call) from the chain that my prescription is ready to pick up, so I have to pick it up from them.

Absolutely not.  That would be like me calling you to tell you that I am going to send you a dozen roses and you have to pay for them.  Just give us a call and we can call your previous pharmacy to reverse the fill and transfer the prescription to us to have it ready for you within minutes.

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