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Understand The Flu Vaccine 2022

Every year the influenza or flu vaccine is made available to help protect you and your loved ones from contacting the flu or influenza virus.

The flu vaccine can offer some protection from contacting the flu but does not fully protect you from catching it. The flu vaccine is available to most people under the age of 65 years. In certain instances, certain groups of people are cautioned from getting the flu vaccine and that decision is made by your medical practitioner.  

The group or people include:

  • Children  6 months  and younger 
  • people who have experienced a very bad reaction to the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients 
  • those with egg or mercury allergies 

Vaccination Process

Should you wish to get yourself and family vaccinated, you may do so at selected Alpha Pharm Pharmacies in your community  by making use of our Pharmacy Locator

The pharmacist or Alpha Clin clinic nursing sister will discuss the vaccine, different types of flu vaccines and what the benefits of getting the vaccine are. This is done to ensure you understand the benefits of the vaccine and as to what level of protection you would have.  

Some benefits include:

Flu Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “receiving the influenza vaccine is the most effective way to prevent yourself from becoming sick with the flu.”

Feeling less sick

“It’s still possible to get the flu after vaccination. If you do get sick with the flu, your symptoms may be milder if you got the vaccination.” 

Post Vaccination

Once you have gotten the vaccination, you may experience some pain at the vaccination site and may also experience some flu like symptoms – this varies from person to person. The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to start working and there is a chance you may still get the flu within this period.  

It is also encouraged that in conjunction to the flu vaccine, vitamins and immune boosters offer an additional layer of protection against seasonal flu. You should consult with your Alpha Pharm pharmacist during the vaccination process as to which vitamins and immune boosters you and your family should be taking.


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Welcome to Alpha Pharm : Eagles Landing

Alpha Pharm Eagles Landing Pharmacy Grand Opening

Tucked directly in the heart of Randpark Ridge sits the newly opened, independently-owned, Alpha Pharm Eagles Landing Pharmacy ready to personalise the West Rand's community pharmacy experience. Since filling its first prescription, Eagles Landing Pharmacy has been making good on its promise to provide quality prescriptions, build community relationships and support local philanthropies and causes.The pharmacy is owned by pharmacist-in-charge Laurence Dumisani Mtetwa, who has chosen to partner with The Alpha Pharm Group, a fast-growing independent pharmacy network which allows independently-owned, community pharmacies to compete with the big chains.

"That's what's missing in pharmacies today," Mtetwa said. "Giving our patients that one-on-one attention. We want to know our patients and we want to be able to take care of our patients."Drawing from his own experiences of working in pharmacies, Mtetwa noticed a disconnect between the product and the patient."The atmosphere in major chains can be cold, especially when patients are presented with new medications or receiving vaccines," Mtetwa said. "Patients are not one-size-fits-all and neither should their care be. We are your community pharmacy we care not just for you as a patient but about you, we are going to be the best at taking the time to get to know you and help you understand your medications and how to get the most savings possible under your plan, I want to bring back the old pharmacy environment," he said. "Today's chain pharmacies, they don't even know the customers by name," he added.Saturday, 29 May 2021 saw the official grand opening of Alpha Pharm Eagles Landing Pharmacy. While all COVID protocols were followed, there was certainly excitement and care in the atmosphere. Patients across all generations, young and old came to support their new neighbour, Eagles Landing Pharmacy. The community got the personal care and attention they required as well as Free Blood pressure tests, freebies and much more...

The pharmacy is situated at 62 Scott Avenue and, Christiaan de Wet Rd, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg and is open Monday to Saturday from 9am -8pm and Sundays, 9am -5pm. The pharmacy offers a full patient centered service offering from prescriptions, refills, clinic services, OTC medication, medicine advice and much more. Our community is extremely important to us, and we try to be active within it as much as possible. We hope that when the time comes when you need a prescription filled that you will put your trust in your neighbours at Alpha Pharm Eagles Landing Pharmacy.By supporting your local pharmacy, you can help make our community an even better place to live! Alpha Pharm united across generations for a healthier South Africa! For more information, call 0833617691 and follow us on Facebook

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