The Importance of Receiving the Flu Vaccine

The pharmacists of Howard’s Drug provide flu vaccine to hundreds of patients in Selah every year. The best way to prevent the flu is to receive the flu vaccine. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

• Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle or body aches
• Headaches
• Fatigue

Some people will develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of the flu, some of which can be life-threatening. The flu can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may have worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.

We will begin vaccinating at Howard’s Drug the first of September. We will also be at the fairgrounds at the Yakima Regional / Yakima Health District booth providing flu, pneumonia, and Tdap vaccines. This booth will be running all 10 days of the fair, and we will be there the last Saturday and Sunday (Oct 1 and 2).

Joel Thome, PharmD, is a pharmacist at Howard’s Drug and assistant professor of pharmacology at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in 2005. Since then Dr. Thome has worked as a clinical pharmacist at Yakima Valley School (a home for the developmentally disabled) and has co-managed a locally owned pharmacy, Howard’s Pharmacy & Medical Supply, both in Selah. He also serves as a preceptor for 4th year pharmacy students for Washington State University (WSU) and is adjunct faculty as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacotherapy with the WSU College of Pharmacy. Professional memberships include the ASCP (American Society of Consultant Pharmacists) and ACCP (American College of Clinical Pharmacists). He has traveled to the Dominical Republic and Kenya on missions to provide medical services to rural areas.

The Importance of Diabetic Shoes

Diabetic or Therapeutic Shoes are just one of the many tools you can use to fight type one or two Diabetes. I enjoy working with my diabetic shoe patients because they immediately feel better upon leaving our store because everyone is on their feet all day long. When looking for a pair of shoes, you want to make sure it has proper ventilation which allows the feet to reduce dampness and heat. Sweat often is an ideal environment for bacteria and infection to grown. You want to make sure the toe and heal curve slightly, forcing your feet to be in balance when you walk. To prevent injury to susceptible and sensitive toes, the shoe’s toe box should be high and durable. The shoe should also be lightweight and seamless to prevent any irritation.

Yakima Canes and Walkers

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Why All Wheelchairs are not Created Equal

During the last 20 years, enormous changes have been made in wheelchair design and construction. As I walk around Selah and Yakima, I often stop to talk to people in improperly fit wheelchairs. The sad part is people are not at all aware at the different options on the market and all-too-often settle for a chair that is too heavy or improperly fit. An improperly fit wheelchair can cause bruises, pressure ulcers, poor posture and other problems. Medicare understands this importance and will buy all of their wheelchair patients a nice basic back and cushion so you should never see a wheelchair without these two options, it would be like wearing shoes without socks.

Another thing to consider with a wheelchair is the patient’s diagnosis. A person may need a basic wheelchair today but we know because of their diagnosis that this is going to change in six-twelve months. We do our best job to always be thinking ahead. At Howard’s, we believe so strongly in the proper fitting of wheelchairs, we have two employees currently going through the highest grade of training to become ATP wheelchair technicians studying from some of the best physical and occupational therapists in the country. Give Howard’s a call at 654-9899 if you have any questions and we would be free to do a free in-home assessment or visit one of our two stores in Yakima or Selah to look at our wide variety of mobility options.

The Importance of Mild Exercising

I often tell my patients who come into Howard’s for diabetic shoes about the importance of mild exercising with an off-handed joke, “if you don’t exercise, you will be in here getting a wheelchair from me eventually.” With our muscles, the term, “use it or lose it” is true. First, if you have not exercised in a while, talk to your doctor before starting any healthcare program, particularly if you have had any health problems. If you have mobility limitation, this does not mean you can no longer exercise. At Howard’s we have an item called the “Peddler” which allows someone to exercise their legs or arms from a seated position. Next we have therapeutic support bands and balls to help exercise portions of the body you might be rehabbing from surgery. Last, we also have found that by having someone ambulate with a cane or walker allows them to do more exercising. After you talk to your doctor, come see our mobility aides we have at Howard’s Medical.

Yakima Power Wheelchairs

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Yakima Customer Service Jobs

Customer Service Job Description


● Serve the customers of Howard’s Medical Supply by offering superior customer service and top quality medical supplies.


  • Must be flexible, dependable, and have the ability to solve problems
  • Communicate effectively with seniors and people of all ages, smile and make people feel welcome
  • Have an ability to use computers, the internet, and Microsoft Office
  • Will adhere to company manual and not use any illegal drugs or smoke on the job
  • Must be able to make decisions and be a leader
  • Must have a high school diploma

Responsibilities Include:

  • Fitting of medical equipment
  • Count money accurately
  • Knowing what is and what is not covered by insurances
  • Determines the best method for providing services
  • Responds to telephone inquiries and orders from homecare patients, doctors and referral sources
  • Complies with an adheres to all regulatory compliance areas, policies and procedures and “Best Practices”
  • Resolves patient complaints by identifying problems and coordinating appropriate corrective action
  • Not text messaging while on duty or using the internet for personal use
  • Schedules appointments
  • Limited marketing on phone, writing, deliveries, and some directly to adult homes, hospices, and doctors
  • Variety of other day-to-day requirements to include filing, keeping area’s organized, etc
  • Some lifting required (up to 40 pounds, weight of wheelchair)
  • Coordinates the delivery, set-up and pick-up of equipment, supplies and services with appropriate personnel
  • Depending on the situation a number of things can be added to this list as well
  • Manage inventory (let us know when we are out of inventory or running low)
  • Keep a clean showroom
  • Keeping personal and professional relationships separate
  • You must communicate clearly with customers as well as manual dexterity for filing purposes.


● Flexible (20 hours/week) depending on customer traffic; will include occasional Saturdays. Hours will be Monday-Friday, noon-4pm. There is an opportunity that this position grows into a full-time position with benefits if the company continues to grow.


● Varies depending on qualifications.