VSM Pharmacy News
The flu is much more than ‘just a bad cold’ and can claim the lives of thousands of people each year, particularly the old and the vulnerable. Yet, by receiving an annual flu vaccine from our pharmacy, you greatly reduce your risk of getting ill.
Over 80% of the UK adult population have had a first vaccine dose, and over 60% are fully vaccinated.
The impact can be seen in lower infection numbers and much fewer fatalities, compared to the beginning of the year.
Let’s keep going!
At the start of March 2020, there were under 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK. By the end of March, there were over 22,000 cases, over 2,000 people had died, and the country was in lockdown.
It’s been a long, hard year since then. But the way people have fought against this disease together has been incredible.
For the majority of us, 2020 has been the most challenging year we have ever known. Restrictions to our lives brought about by the emergence of COVID-19 have meant that we haven’t been able to spend time with our families and friends. With vaccine rollouts now beginning, there is at least some light at the end of the tunnel. Managing the next few months will be critical to ensuring that we can face the New Year with confidence and then start to enjoy better times ahead.
It’s been a year quite like no other. We’ve all been tested in new ways, with old familiar habits challenged, and all of us having to rely on one another to a much greater degree. As well as challenges and sadness, it’s also been a time of communities pulling together.
Getting an influenza (flu) jab this year is more important than usual because of COVID-19. The colder seasons are upon us and the risk of the flu is heightened because there is a chance you can catch both viruses simultaneously. Compiled below are some reasons why you should get a flu jab this year.
2020 has been memorable for lots of the wrong reasons, but at VSM Pharmacy we’re looking forward to a new era. In April 2020, the pharmacy moved to new ownership. It perhaps wasn’t the most auspicious moment to be taking over, but we don’t want to let the current challenges get in the way of our plans to develop the pharmacy practice over the coming years.