Visit your nearest Local Choice Pharmacy for a free blood pressure test on 17 May 2018
May 17 is World Hypertension Day. Plainly put, hypertension is high blood pressure – the “silent killer”. While it’s quite normal to have increased blood pressure for a short time in response to certain situations, like intense exercise or acute stress, long-term hypertension can lead to serious health complications and result in a medical emergency. It’s known as the “silent killer” because hypertension is usually associated with no or few symptoms and the cause is often unknown. In other words, your heart, kidneys, eyes and circulation, for example, could suffer damage due to high blood pressure while you feel relatively healthy…
Frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine.
Seasonal changes are upon us, and so is flu season … for everyone! Let’s address some of the most frequently asked questions patients have. What is the flu vaccine? This vaccine helps to protect you or your child against influenza (flu), particularly in people who run a high risk of associated complications. When a person is given the vaccine, the immune system (the body's natural defence system) will produce its own protection (antibodies) against the disease. None of the ingredients in the vaccine can cause flu. Flu is a viral infection that can spread rapidly and is caused by different…
The flu – what you need to know now
Flu season has arrived … for everyone! Now, more than ever knowing what to expect helps you and your family win the fight against flu. What is the flu The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. One distinguishing factor is that flu symptoms occur rapidly, one morning you may be well, and that afternoon you’re running a high fever and feel extremely ill. In general, cold symptoms tend…