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A Short Guide to Everything You Need to Know About the “Flu.” By Our September Student Pharmacist, Chris Santos.

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What is the Influenza virus or “flu”?

The “flu” is a highly contagious virus that infects our respiratory system—nose, throat, and lungs.

A person experiencing an influenza infection may have:

  • fever/chills
  • sore throat
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
  • cough
  • headache
  • runny or stuffy nose

These symptoms begin one to four days (average two days) after you are exposed to the virus.

How common is the “flu” virus infection?

  • Each year between October and February, the influenza virus infects approximately 5% to 20% of the United States population.

Who has the highest rate of “flu” infection?

  • Infants and young children have the highest rates of an influenza infection. An influenza infection is the leading cause of office and emergency department visits by infants and young children.

Who has the highest risk for complication, hospitalization, and death?

  • Adults aged 65 and older are at the highest risk for complications, hospitalization, and death.

How can I become infected with the “flu” virus?

  • The influenza virus spreads most commonly to those in close contact with an infected person who is sneezing or coughing. Although less common, the virus can also spread when a person touches an infected surface or object and then touches their mouth, eyes, or nose.

How do I prevent a “flu” virus infection?

  • The most important step you can take to prevent a “flu” infection is to get a flu shot. Even if you get the flu shot, you will experience fewer symptoms if you are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends frequent hand washes and staying away from those infected as additional prevention strategies. 

How long am I contagious with the “flu” infection?

  • You can spread the “flu” virus one day before experiencing “flu” like symptoms and five to seven days after becoming sick. Younger children and adults with a weaken immune system can spread the virus for a longer period.

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What should I know about flu vaccine?

  • The flu vaccine exposes your body to a dead virus strain to build your immune response.
  • Each year, scientists change the “flu” virus strain in the vaccine to predict the most prevalent virus.
  • The flu vaccine does not contain a live virus and it cannot cause you to experience symptoms of the flu.
  • It takes two weeks for your body to fully develop protection against the flu virus. You can get the flu within these two weeks, as you haven’t developed full protection—the full protection lasts the entire flu season.
  • The vaccine cannot provide protection against a flu virus not covered by the vaccine. Even though the strain may not exactly match, it can still offer you some protection.
  • Thimerosal, a preservative for the “flu” vaccine, does not cause any harm. Flu vaccines without a thimerosal preservative are available.

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Who should not get the flu vaccine?

  • If you have any severe allergic reactions to any components of the flu vaccine, please discuss this with you doctor or pharmacist.
  • If you ever had Guillain-Barre syndrome, please discuss this with your doctor.
  • If you are not feeling well, your pharmacist may ask you to come back another date when you are feeling better to get the vaccine.

What are some reactions to the flu vaccine?

  • Patients are most likely to experience injection site reaction of pain, redness, swelling, and soreness.
  • Other possible side effects include: hoarseness, cough, fever, aches, headache, itching, or fatigue.
  • To help manage local site reactions, apply cold compresses. You can also take acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen to help.
  • If local site reactions worsen after three days or last longer than seven days, you should see your primary care physician.

These side effects occur immediately after the shot and last about one to two days.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

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Meet Our Student Pharmacist for September, Chris Santos.

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy and lab by Chris Santos, a fourth year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. Chris will graduate in May 2018 and will then take the exam to become a registered pharmacist. Chris will be with us throughout September, so please stop by and meet him while he is in the store. Show him the Plain City hospitality!

Here is what Chris tells us about himself:

My name is Christopher Santos, and I am a fourth year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University. I am looking forward to being closely involved with Plain City’s community. I will be at Plain City Druggist every day for the entire month of September!

I was born and raised in The Bronx, one of the five boroughs of New York City. I received my undergraduate degree from The State University of New York at Geneseo in 2014.

I love the city of Columbus as there are many great spots to explore—city wide events, restaurants, and hiking trails. In my free time, I enjoy having a baseball catch, working out, and reading books.

I currently intern at a community specialty pharmacy. At the specialty site, we work closely in helping improve the overall health outcomes of patients dealing with highly complex disease states. I hope to transfer those skills to Plain City Druggist and improve the community’s wellness and healthiness through weekly blogs.

Plain City Druggist will be my first independent pharmacy experience. I am excited to see a different side of community pharmacy practice and explore all of the unique services we can offer. If you see me inside the store, please say hello! I would love to meet you!

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Meet Our Third Year Student Pharmacist for the Months of September and October, Victoria Williams.

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During September and October, we will be joined in the pharmacy and lab by Victoria Williams, a third year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. Victoria will be with us part-time throughout September and October, so please stop by and meet her while she is in the store. Show her the Plain City hospitality!

Here is what Victoria tells us about herself:

Hi, everyone! My name is Victoria Williams and I am a third year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University. I will be on rotation with Plain City Druggist part-time during the months of September and October. I am very excited to be so warmly welcomed to the Plain City Druggist team and look forward to learning from this highly qualified staff in the many weeks to come.

I am originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area, but have been in Columbus for the last six years. I came to Ohio State in the Fall of 2011 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences and decided to stay at OSU for my Doctor of Pharmacy degree. I have fallen in love with Columbus throughout my time here and now consider myself a Buckeye for life!

In my free time, I enjoy going to OSU football games, spending time with friends and family, and exercising. I actually teach cycling and strength group fitness classes at OSU’s campus recreation center!

I currently hold two pharmacy internship positions. I work at Riverside Methodist Hospital where I complete a variety of tasks from compounding IV medications to assisting with dosing warfarin and everything in between. This past summer I also started working at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center in their nuclear pharmacy. My duties there are varied, but I spend a lot of my time drawing up radioactive doses of medications that are used in various imaging scans, like a “stress test” to look at your heart.

Thus, I have a lot to learn about the type of pharmacy practiced at Plain City Druggist as it is unique to me and I am so excited to do so! In the few hours I’ve already spent with the Plain City Druggist team, I have been very impressed with the level of efficiency and customer service at this pharmacy.

Thank you for welcoming me to your community. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Happy First Day Back on Campus for Our Ohio State Students.

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We want to wish our Ohio State College of Pharmacy students, Tayler, Jessica, Chris, Vivian, Emily, Maggie, and Tom a great first day of classes on August 22.

Chris, Vivian, and Emily work at Happy Druggist on Karl Road, while Tayler, Jessica, and Tom are the friendly faces that greet you in Plain City. Maggie works at Happy Druggist in West Jefferson.

Sadly, with the start of the semester, you probably won’t be seeing our loyal and devoted students in the drugstore except on Saturdays. Jessica and Chris are starting their third year of pharmacy school. Tom, Vivian, and Maggie are entering their second year. Emily is just starting her first year of pharmacy school.

Our fourth year student, Tayler, is off doing rotations with other pharmacies until graduation next May, so this really isn’t a back to school day for him.

Haley Green who works in West Jefferson will also be starting her first year of pharmacy school at Ohio Northern University on August 21.

We are also very proud to announce that L.P., Lauren Pullins, is doing her teaching rotation at West Jefferson schools this autumn before graduating from Ohio Dominican University. L. P. has been a lifesaver over the past year at Happy Druggist in West Jefferson and we don’t know what we would have done without her. We are going to miss her so much that we may have to go sit in some of her classes and harass her with silly questions.

We hope all of our students will have a wonderful autumn semester and a super school year in 2017-2018. We are very proud of all of you!

For the complete list of important dates for the autumn semester at OSU, go HERE.

Meet Our Student Pharmacist for July from The Ohio State University: Kevin Wenceslao.

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy and lab by Kevin Wenceslao, a fourth year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. Kevin will graduate in May 2018 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Kevin will be with us throughout July, so please stop by and meet him while he is in the store. Show him the Plain City hospitality!

Here is what Kevin tells us about himself:

Hello, everyone! My name is Kevin Wenceslao.  I am the fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University who will be on rotation here at Plain City Druggist. Throughout the month, I will be on-site helping out in the pharmacy. The previous pharmacy student, Mackenzie, and I have partnered up with Jennifer and PCD to participate in the Partner for Promotion program. In this project, we will be working together to design a new service to help expand quality patient care in this community setting.

Originally born in the Philippines, I moved to Illinois when I was five-years-old. Since then, I completed my undergraduate studies at Iowa State University and ended up going to OSU for my pharmacy doctorate. As you can see, I really enjoy living in the Midwest and experiencing frigid winters and burning summers. When I’m not doing something pharmacy-related, which is rare, I enjoy playing sports like volleyball and binge eating food from the many food trucks Columbus has to offer.

Currently, I work at the OSU Medication Management Program which is a call center dedicated to completing medication reviews for patients throughout the country. I am greatly interested in working in a managed care setting eventually due to its big picture approach to pharmacy. By working in the community and meeting its residents, I hope to keep those experiences in mind when advocating for health care changes at the larger level.

All in all, I am excited to work with everyone here at PCD and look forward to meeting new people who come into the store. This will be the first independent and compounding pharmacy I have worked at, so I am excited to learn more about these new areas. If you see me, please don’t hesitate to stop by and say hello!

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