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You may find this hard to believe coming from a health editor, but I never got the flu shot until this year. My job doesn’t require me to get one. I don’t work with children or seniors who have weak immune systems and are at high risk for the flu. My other excuse? I’m a bit weary of needles. Actually that’s a bit modest – I’m a fainter. Don’t worry, the irony isn’t lost on me.
           
So when I went into a Shoppers Drug Mart location in Toronto where I was instantly put at ease by pharmacist Victor Wong who greeted me. Dressed in a white lab coat, he brought forth a good balance between a clinical and a warm atmosphere. In fact, he joked that the Angry Birds bandages would be a better choice than the “boring” regular ones. I did warn him about my fall-to-the-floor history with needles, but he was cool and calm, and suggested I raise my feet onto another chair to prevent me from fainting. Armed with my health card number, I quickly filled out a health form and sat back for the needle. It didn’t hurt. I didn’t even flinch. I didn’t watch it happen, mind you. Afterwards, he gave me a bottle of water to drink as we chatted for a few minutes. He made sure I had rested before I stood up.
           
And that was it. I left the store immunized. And I didn’t faint.

 

Visit a Shoppers Drug Mart location near you that administers the flu shot.
 
 
We spoke with Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist Victor Wong in this video.

Lisa Hannam

Lisa Hannam is Glow's Health Editor.

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