The flu season is upon us, but instead of stocking up on cough medicine, tissues and ibuprofen, pharmacist Pat Doyle of Anderson Drug suggests getting the flu shot.

"Everyone and their dog should get it," chuckled Doyle. "There is no stipulation on why you should not get the flu shot and it is in your best interest to get it."

The fever, cough and sore throat inducing illness is already making its way across Alberta.

"The flu is a respiratory illness and it has already hit Alberta in some cases. That is why they have released it a week earlier than scheduled," continued Doyle.

The flu shot will be available starting October 15, 2018.

"Everyone in Alberta, that is an Alberta resident, is eligible for the flu shot. There are some clinics that public health will be holding. Most pharmacies, and I think all of them here in Drumheller, will be providing the flu shot. You can phone and make an appointment or show up and see if someone is available to give it to you," concluded Doyle.

Anyone that is over the age of five can be given the flu shot through a pharmacy. Those younger must go to a clinic or hospital to have it administered.

Doyle went on to say that if you do find yourself having flu symptoms and have trouble catching your breath while coughing to please seek professional help.


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