Hand Hygiene – Keep the Bugs Away Today!

Did you know that washing your hands properly is the SINGLE most effective action to help reduce infection? [bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]   What is hand hygiene? Generally, just washing your hands with a cleanser. Is there a RIGHT way to wash your hands? Yes! For visibly clean hands, use an alcohol based rub like Aqium…

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The flu – Defend your workplace

The flu (influenza) is caused by a viral infection that is easily spread from person to person. The flu is a serious condition and complications arising from the flu can be debilitating.

UFS Pharmacies have made it easier for you to protect your employees by offering pharmacist administered influenza vaccinations across our four locations. Thus improving the health of your employees, in addition to minimising potential employee sick days for your business.

Contact us to arrange your staff’s vaccinations by emailing Cheryl at csmith@bendigoufs.com.au.

Vaccinations will be administered by a qualified pharmacist at a time and location at your employees convenience.

You never forget the flu

How do I get my flu shot? Visit a friendly UFS pharmacist to receive your flu vaccine and protect yourself against the flu this winter! Our highly trained pharmacists can vaccinate anyone over the age of 16 years in store, no prescription required! For adolescents and children under the age of 16, the flu vaccine…

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A stronger immune system.

Your immune system is one for the most important systems in your body, it defends against viruses and bacteria. As we are in winter, you can help boost your immunity against those dreaded colds and flus! A common sense approach to healthy living – a diet high in fruits and vegies, whole grains, regular exercise, 8-10 glasses of water a…

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Avoid the flu this season

What is the flu? Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes. The flu usually differs from a cold as symptoms develop suddenly, and can lead to complications such as chest infections and pneumonia. Unlike a cold, symptoms such as fever, sore throat and muscle aches…

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Immunisation: not just for the kids

It can be hard to keep up with your immunisation, especially in your adult years. Mum won’t drag you to your appointment, you’ll have to make a voluntary trip this time – and aren’t immunisations expensive? Turns out they’re not. You wouldn’t want to break your arm if you could help it, so why risk…

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The Flu and you

Unlike the common cold, the flu virus can cause severe illness. Being able to identify symptoms and knowing where to find treatment can reduce the severity of the infection. Symptoms can be very similar to the common cold, such as fatigue, headaches, coughing, sneezing and runny noses. However, the flu can include more serious symptoms…

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Winter Wellness

Winter is well and truly upon us, and with it comes an onslaught of cold and flu viruses and bacteria. The best way to help protect yourself against these is through diet. The following foods help boost immunity: Citrus fruits – we all know citrus is high in Vitamin C, but it has a plethora…

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Cold Sores

No one likes having a cold sore; those annoying, tingly, painful little sores that often occur on the lips, or skin around our nose, mouth and chin. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus and approximately 90% of the population are infected. Whilst generally harmless, they can be irritating and unsightly. Cold sores are…

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Viral conjunctivitis

Previously we explained Bacterial Conjunctivitis and its characteristics, but conjunctivitis can also occur as a result of a viral infection.  Common symptoms of viral conjunctivitis include red eyes, a watery clear discharge and a feeling of something scratching your eye (what we call a “foreign body sensation”). If you have recently had tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis,…

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Immune boosting nutrients

Winter is here, and cold and flu season has well and truly arrived! Here are my top three picks to keep you healthy this season: Daily Vitamin C – the humble vitamin C offers a powerhouse of immune support & protects us from inflammation. It also allows us to cope better with stress by breaking…

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Autumn Sniffles

Coming into Autumn, staff at UFS pharmacies traditionally notice a change in the conditions that patients seek treatment for. For the next month, I will be concentrating on nasal congestion and colds, zinc testing, influenza and skin care. Colds are traditionally associated with winter, but can occur at any time through the year, and we…

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