Let pharmacies test for, treat flu
Allowing local pharmacies to test and treat for flu and strep would help families across Florida. Recently, my daughter came down with a fever. With the pediatrician’s office closed for the weekend, we waited until Monday to get in and see the doctor, where we quickly learned she had the flu. While I did my best to keep all five of my kids separated, they all caught it, and we had to make another trip to our doctor’s office. You can imagine what my family went through during this stressful time. I don’t wish this upon any of our families in the Sunshine State. That’s why I’m supporting HB 389 by Rep. Tyler Sirois, R-Merritt Island, this session.
This legislation would allow local pharmacies to test for the flu, as well as strep, and provide immediate treatment. This means my family and families across Florida wouldn’t have to wait over the weekend to see if we have these very contagious illnesses. Nor would we be at risk of not receiving the antiviral medication within the first 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms, which drastically reduces the duration and severity of symptoms. We could walk into our pharmacy, where we can already receive flu shots and be swabbed, tested and given medication.
More than 17 states allow for this additional access point. Florida should be next to create this collaboration among local pharmacists and physicians and help slow the spread of flu and strep.
Had we been able to walk in and out of our local pharmacy over the weekend, it’s possible the flu wouldn’t have spread to all my children.
Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa
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Before I can take anything that presidential candidates are promising to do for me and this country seriously, I want them to tell me how they are going to implement their plans.
I want to hear how much they are going to cost, where the money is coming from, whom they will benefit, whom they will penalize and how long it will take to put them into action.
Otherwise, I’ll consider what they are saying just pipe dreams spewed by chameleons who will say anything to the audience to whom they are speaking.
Marilyn Messina, Tampa
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