TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, received her flu shot on Thursday from a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to kick-off the flu immunization season and encourage others to get the flu shot. This is the second flu season that pharmacists in Ontario have been able to provide the flu shot.
Ontario Health Minister, Deb Matthews, receives her flu shot by Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist, Hitesh Pandya, to launch the annual flu immunization campaign. (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart)
"We are happy to see Minister Matthews' dedication to keeping Ontarians healthy this flu season," stated Domenic Pilla, CEO and president of Shoppers Drug Mart. "With more than 600 Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies across the province offering flu vaccinations, it's more convenient for Ontarians to follow Minister Matthews' lead and take this important step in protecting themselves and their families from the flu."
"Getting a flu shot is the most reliable way to prevent the flu — that's why it's important for families to add the flu shot to their to-do list this flu season," Matthews added. "Pharmacists are trusted healthcare professionals, and now that they can provide the flu shot in Ontario, it's easier than ever to protect yourself and your family from the flu."
Between 3.4 million and 8.6 million Canadians get the flu each year, and the flu can result in serious consequences for many including seniors, children and those with chronic health conditions. In fact, 2,000 to 8,000 people die annually as a result of complications from the flu, the retailer stated.