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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.