With cold and flu season upon us, the pharmacy lines get longer and pharmacist and pharmacy technicians have little time to spare. Being a pharmacist is about more than dispensing medications.  It is also about counseling patients to improve their health and quality of life.   During the cold and flu season, pharmacists spend many hours educating patients on the seriousness of influenza and encouraging them to protect themselves against the flu. Most people know their pharmacist.  They go to a pharmacy where they feel comfortable and they trust the staff.  Pharmacists play an important role in communication on many health issues, including the flu. So what advice do you give them? The Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone aged 6 months and older as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu, even if vaccinated the prior season.  The flu vaccine provides protection that lasts through the flu season, so encourage customers to get the vaccine as soon as it is available in your community.  Vaccinations should continue throughout the flu season, which can last well into May. When cold and flu season hit in your area, how does your pharmacy handle the increase in patient traffic?  Do you hire additional staff?  Do you work longer hours?  Or, do you spend less time counseling patients and more time filling prescriptions? If your pharmacy is in need of staff during the holiday and peak season, give us a call.  We have a pool of qualified pharmacist and pharmacy technicians across the country.  Whether you need a relief shift filled, a temporary assignment, or a permanent pharmacist or tech, we can help!

For more information, contact: AHS PharmStat A Leading Healthcare Staffing Agency 877-309-3546 www.ahspharmstat.com