COVID-19 updates feel like lessons in Greek these days. There are Alpha, Beta, Gamma & Delta variants of concern. As well there are also variants of interest – Eta, Iota (USA), Kappa (India) and Lambda (Peru) – rearing their heads. In Canada, all four variants of concern have been reported, with Delta becoming our prominent infectious version of late. As well, the Lambda variant of interest has also been reported recently.
To “starve out” the virus from easily “finding” unvaccinated people to infect and continue to transmit the disease to, we need to have 90% of our population vaccinated! We’re getting closer, but do need more people in Canada to be fully vaccinated. Thankfully, the vaccine also seems to prevent infection from the highly infectious variants.
If you have vaccine hesitations, questions or access issues, please speak with an LMC Pharmacist [email protected]
Kids Under 12
There isn’t yet a vaccine approved for kids under 12, so we need to take precautions to both protect our kids from getting infected and to prevent them from infecting others in case they contract COVID-19.
You may not have children, but perhaps someone you associate with does. The best thing you can do to protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated.
Vaccines Are Not 100% Protective
It is true that even fully vaccinated people are not 100% protected from getting COVID-19; however those who are vaccinated tend to recover more quickly and tend not to get as sick as those who are unvaccinated. There are also fewer fatalities in vaccinated individuals compared to unvaccinated individuals who get the disease. These are statistics and odds that make a difference, especially to people with diabetes since people with diabetes who get infected already tend to fare worse than non-diabetics.
Even if you are fully vaccinated, additional measures such as wearing a face mask, frequent hand washing and physical distancing are still good practices to maintain to decrease the spread of COVID-19 as well as other respiratory infections, like the flu. Also, drinking enough water and getting enough rest are always good habits to keep your immune system at its best!
Your LMC Pharmacist
Wondering about the COVID-19 vaccines? Or what to do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and the growing Greek alphabet of variants that are emerging? Book an appointment with the LMC Clinical Pharmacist. Our medication assessments, education and training are available to LMC patients at no charge. And you don’t have to change your home pharmacy! www.lmc.ca | [email protected]