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Is It Safe To Get A Flu Injection & Covid-19 Vaccination?

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Is it Safe to Get Both a Seasonal Flu Injection and a COVID-19 Vaccination? As we approach those chillier months where viruses spread more easily, South Africans may face a seasonal influenza outbreak along with another wave of COVID-19. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases also predicts a significant uptick in human respiratory syncytial (RS) virus cases, which poses a threat to infants and small children. The RS-virus is the main cause of pneumonia in babies under six months old in the country, and the last two years of lockdown have suppressed infections. Now, with lockdown restrictions easing, the country’s…
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Boost Your Immunity With A Flu Vaccine

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Boost Your Immunity this Season with a Flu Vaccine at Our Clinic It’s that time of the year again, when winter creeps up on us and suddenly, everyone is sniffling and sneezing. In South Africa, influenza (also called flu) is seasonal, circulating during the colder months. For some, it might mean nothing more than a few unpleasant side effects, but it may be life-threatening for others. On average, flu is responsible for the deaths of between 6 000 to 11 000 people annually, and elderly individuals and those with compromised immune systems have the greatest risk of suffering complications. Because…
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Closest Pharmacy To Me – The Local Choice Ofcourse!

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“How Do I Find the Closest Pharmacy to Me?” and Other Questions Answered Finding trusted, professional healthcare that is accessible and affordable without compromising on quality can be a challenge. When feeling ill or in need of medical advice and support, not all individuals have the finances, transport, or time to visit a private doctor, and many rely on their local pharmacy for help. We at The Local Choice recognise that for countless South Africans, we are the first line of contact when it comes to healthcare services. Therefore, we have expanded our offerings to provide a comprehensive range of…
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Joining The Local Choice Franchise

The Local Choice Franchise Opportunity

Is Joining The Local Choice Franchise the Right Move for You? Owning and growing a business can be a thrilling venture – especially one in a sector as fulfilling as healthcare. Building a trusted name, establishing reputable supplier networks, and getting your infrastructure up and running can be major challenges. One way in which to bypass the difficulties that sink so many new pharmacy businesses is by joining a phenomenal brand and becoming a franchise owner. We at The Local Choice pharmacies are a group of like-minded, independent pharmacists with aligned values. We believe in helping people with affordable, accessible…
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Benefit Your Health and Well-being by Partnering with a Wellness Clinic

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Good health is a key contributor to our overall happiness and fulfilment. People who suffer from poor health outcomes and physical ailments deal with daily pain and exorbitant medical expenses and face a decrease in their quality of life. It is vital that people prioritise their wellness and take the steps needed to improve their well-being. At The Local Choice, we are passionate about quality healthcare, which is why some of our selected branches include wellness clinics that empower patients when it comes to their health goals. By visiting a clinic near you under The Local Choice name, you will…
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Pregnancy Testing and Prenatal Care: Understanding Your Options

Pregnancy Testing & Prenatal Care

Bringing life into the world is a big step. It comes with a range of emotions, such as excitement, stress, joy, fear, and perhaps even confusion. Not only does a mother need to prepare for big changes after her little one arrives, but she will be dealing with physical and emotional changes during the pregnancy as well. Having the right support and medical guidance to help facilitate this process is essential. We at The Local Choice understand the demanding journey before, during, and after pregnancy, which is why we assist with family planning, testing, and prenatal care. If you are…
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When it comes to good gut health, balance is key

Introducing Ther-biotic® Synbiotic A next-generation blend of seven probiotics and a prebiotic for synergistic microbiome support. When probiotics + prebiotics are supplemented together, it allows their unique mechanisms of action to collaborate and intensify, therefore producing a more profound effect on gastro-intestinal function than probiotics or prebiotics alone. Probiotics: Support respiratory immune function Support immune function Support healthy digestion Support healthy digestive function during antibiotic therapy Support relief from occasional GI discomfort May support healthy inflammation modulation, where inflammation is associated with occasional digestive discomfort Prebiotics: Support the growth of beneficial probiotics May improve mineral absorption Support immune function

Health Tips for 2022: Great Ways to Put Your Wellness First

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With “new year, new you” banners sprawled across countless magazines and advertisements, one may feel defeated before even starting on a journey to better health. After a high-stress year and those summer holidays that encourage extra dessert, improving one’s physical well-being may seem like an uphill battle. However, getting back on track does not need to be a daunting task when one makes small, daily choices that add up to big results. Whether you are thinking of getting a regular vitamin injection or seeking better ways to deal with chronic stress, we at The Local Choice have a few tips…
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6 Reasons Why a Regular Health Check is So Essential

Many individuals make the mistake of thinking that taking care of their physical wellness is only reserved for when they become sick. While falling ill does allow us to take stock of our overall well-being and give us a better perspective on how hard our bodies work to keep us alive, physical wellness is vital even when one feels good. Living a healthy lifestyle includes eating a balanced diet, exercising often, getting enough sleep, and eliminating bad habits such as smoking. Another way to ensure you stay in tip-top form is receiving a health check from time to time from…
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Getting Your Annual Flu Vaccine: Why It is so Important

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In the United States of America, the 5th to the 11th of December 2021 marked the National Influenza Vaccination Week. Because the country is in the grip of winter right now, seasonal influenza is doing the rounds and contributing to national hospitalisations, along with the COVID-19 pandemic. South Africa may be enjoying summer, but that does not mean we are safe from influenza either, unfortunately. While our local seasonal epidemics usually present in the wintertime, from May to August, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases has reported otherwise. According to the NICD, a steady increase in cases of influenza began…
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The Importance of Finding a Fantastic Wellness Clinic for Your Family

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The global COVID-19 pandemic has had disastrous effects in countries across the world. In South Africa, these ramifications will be seen in the economy, employment, education, the healthcare sector, tourism, and in the health and psychosocial needs of citizens for years to come. One positive aspect to emerge from the pandemic, however, is how much more aware individuals, families, and communities have become of their health and well-being. Finding a great wellness clinic with which to partner has now become more important than ever, and we at The Local Choice can assist with this. What is a Wellness Clinic? Wellness…
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Want to Sell or Buy a Pharmacy? Here are 9 Reasons to Do it Through Us

Operating under a franchise comes with numerous benefits, but many prospective franchisees are afraid of losing independence or becoming subject to unrealistic business restrictions. At The Local Choice, we understand what a challenge it can be to kickstart a successful business in the healthcare industry – this is why so many owners choose to sell their pharmacy. Our franchise partnership, however, affords business owners the opportunity to operate under an established brand while still enjoying independent empowerment. Whether you wish to sell or buy a pharmacy, here are nine reasons why it is a great idea to do so through…
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Thinking of Owning a Pharmacy Business? Here is Why You Should Partner with Us

The age-old saying, “Do what you love”, often seems unattainable in a world where people must usually settle for the first job they can find. Taking ownership of your future and goals, however, is possible with the right assistance. We at The Local Choice offer new pharmacy entrants the opportunity to become a brand franchisee while still maintaining their independence. Owning a pharmacy business is one of those rare careers where you can find both financial freedom and career fulfilment at the same time. The best part is that you never have to go at it all alone – we…
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Emotional eating and how to manage it once and for all

Emotional eating and how to manage it once and for all

Emotional eating and how to manage it once and for all Emotional eating is using food to make yourself feel better—to fill emotional needs, rather than your stomach. Unfortunately, emotional eating doesn’t fix emotional problems. In fact, it usually makes you feel worse. Afterward, not only does the original emotional issue remain, but you also feel guilty for overeating. Are you an emotional eater? Do you eat more when you’re feeling stressed? Do you eat when you’re not hungry or when you’re full? Do you eat to feel better (to calm and soothe yourself when you’re sad, mad, bored, anxious,…
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Magnesium: the do-it-all nutrient

Magnesium: the do-it-all nutrient

Magnesium: the do-it-all nutrient If there were a do-it-all nutrient award, it might go to magnesium. The humble mineral plays a critical role in helping your body function successfully, notes the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The body needs magnesium for a wide range of processes, including muscle and nerve function, controlling blood sugar levels, and maintaining healthy blood pressure. Magnesium also helps the body use other nutrients, like vitamin D. The recommended amount of magnesium varies according to age, but most healthy adults should have between 310 to 320 mg of magnesium per day (women) or 400 to 420…
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Prepare for the Festive Season by Visiting a COVID-19 Vaccination Site

In the fight against the current global pandemic, vaccinations have been instrumental in reducing the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. These vaccinations also greatly lessen one’s chances of falling seriously ill or dying from the virus. Unfortunately, many South Africans are still putting off getting theirs or show hesitance due to misinformation still making the rounds. At The Local Choice, we believe in keeping up with the science – and you can trust us to provide you with relevant, up-to-date information on the pandemic and vaccinations. The Local Choice also has dozens of approved vaccine administration branches, and all…
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Steps to take to protect our environment and communities

Steps to take to protect our environment and communities

Steps to take to protect our environment and communities We should all know and understand the steps to take to protect our environment and communities. There is an integral connection between the environment, health and the economy. That’s why the International Federation of Environmental Health decided that the theme for this 2021’s  Environmental Health World Day should be Prioritising Environmental Health for healthier communities in global recovery. The world is going through difficult times, due the COVID-19. This pandemic has come to demonstrate the vital role that the Environmental Health workforce plays worldwide to face this challenging time for all…
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Ready to start running? Here are our tips to achieve success

Ready to start running? Here are our tips to achieve success

Ready to start running? Here are our tips to achieve success Running is an appealing exercise because it doesn’t cost a lot to take part and you can run at any time that suits you. It is however very important to take it in moderation, and get started on the right foot … Ready to start running? Here are our tips to achieve success. Ready to start running? Have a goal  Having a running goal, however big or small, can help you to keep focused and motivated. Your running goals can be ambitious or otherwise, but they should remain personal to…
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How do you know if you should avoid eating gluten?

How do you know if you should avoid eating gluten?

How do you know if you should avoid eating gluten? In this article, we ask: “How do you know if you should avoid eating gluten?” And what should you do if you want to cut gluten from your diet? What is gluten? Gluten is a naturally-occurring protein found mainly in grains and wheat products. Biologically, gluten helps the wheat seed to store some of the nutrients it needs to grow into a plant. From a culinary perspective, gluten often acts as a sort of “glue” to hold foods together or to make them stretchy. (The word gluten literally means “glue” in Latin.) Most…
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Period pain; managing it and when to seek help for your pain

Period pain; managing it and when to seek help

Period pain; managing it and when to seek help for your pain Period pain is pain that occurs just before or during a menstrual period. More than half of women who menstruate report some pain from period cramps each month. Period pain can be so bad that doctors have actually given it a medical name: dysmenorrhea. Here follows valuable information on period pain; managing it and when to seek help for your pain. Period pain effects Every person’s experience of period pain is different, but it can cause: a cramping sensation in the abdomen burning pain in the abdomen pain that…
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Symptoms of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy

Symptoms of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy

Symptoms of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy Heart disease is a common health problem. There are several different types. Some stem from genetic problems and are not preventable. In many cases, however, a person can take steps to prevent heart disease and its complications. Here, we explore the symptoms of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy What is heart disease? When people talk about heart disease, they’re usually talking about coronary heart disease (CHD). It’s also sometimes called coronary artery disease (CAD). This is the most common type of heart disease. When someone…
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