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Rexall poll: Cold suffers turn to pharmacist first
November 9th, 2010
TORONTO – When people are looking for advice on dealing with colds and flu, they're most likely to turn to their pharmacist, a survey by Katz Group's Rexall drug chain and the Air Miles Reward Program finds.
Thirty-two percent of Ontarians get cold and flu advice from their pharmacists first, more than family and friends (24%), the Internet (19%) and their doctors (13%), according to the Rexall/Air Miles poll.
"It's not surprising that Ontarians look to their pharmacists first. Often more easily accessible than their doctor, pharmacists have the knowledge to help families stay healthy and feel better this cold and flu season," Rexall pharmacist Tracey Phillips said in a statement. "From multivitamins to decongestants to hand sanitizers and beyond, pharmacists can help you understand the supplies you need to battle these bugs and the dosages appropriate for the different members in each family."
Among the ways to help avoid catching a cold or the flu, 86% of Ontarians indicated that they wash their hands more often, and 52% said they use antibacterial hand gel or wipes. Forty percent try to avoid touching public high-traffic areas such as elevator buttons, and 15% said they avoid excessive hand shaking.
Sixty-three percent of respondents said they stay home to rest when they are ill. Yet age seemed to be a factor in that regard. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of 18- to 34-year-olds stay home when sick, while only 56% of those age 55 and older do so.
To fight cold or flu symptoms, 81% of Ontarians indicated they drink lots of fluids, and 77% consider taking appropriate medication to relieve symptoms.