The statistics are staggering: Opioids kill more people in the U.S. each year than the total number of soldiers the country lost in the Iraq war. In 2017 alone, the CDC reported over 47,000 opioid-related deaths compared to the 4,541 American soldiers who lost their lives fighting in Iraq between 2003 and 2018, according to Statista.
A touch of the flu is par for the course during the winter, but seasonal influenza and its causes are not always well-understood by the general public. While varying sets of symptoms are often lumped under this one umbrella term, the flu can interfere with a person’s day-to-day activities for up to two weeks and sometimes develops into a condition more complicated than a short-term illness.
Many individuals tend to ignore the call to receive a flu vaccination each year without truly grasping just how dangerous this illness can be. It is essential that people understand the importance of taking this small step toward safeguarding their health. Given their proximity to the community, pharmacists are uniquely positioned to step into this role.