Health & Wellness
U of A professor says COVID-19 crisis has provided much-needed public education in how vaccines can prevent deadly viruses.
A pharmacy researcher predicts more of us will roll up our sleeves for the influenza vaccine this fall thanks to the crash course we’ve all had recently on viruses and how to prevent them.
“Because of COVID-19, people are becoming a lot more aware of how susceptible they are to viruses and virus-caused infections, especially influenza,” said Scot Simpson, professor and chair in patient health management in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “They realize it can be a severe infection and they are looking for ways to prevent it.”
“All this talk about a vaccine for COVID-19 has increased awareness that there are vaccines for other diseases.”
The Alberta government has purchased 1.96 million doses of influenza vaccine for its annual campaign, which begins Oct. 19. That’s enough to immuniz...