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Closed For Labour Day

We hope you’ve been enjoying a healthy and vibrant summer so far! As Labour Day approaches, we wanted to inform you about our upcoming closure on the following day.

Closure Date: September 4th, 2023 Closed All Day

At Centrum Pharmacy, we believe in the importance of work-life balance and recognizing the hard work of everyone, including our dedicated team. On Labour Day, we will be taking a day off to recharge and spend quality time with our loved ones.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Our online services will still be available during this time, so you can continue to place your refill orders and manage your prescriptions conveniently. We will resume our regular business hours on the following day, ready to assist you with all your health and wellness needs. As the summer comes to a close, let’s all take today to reflect on the hard work that we have achieved so far this year. As we spend time with family and friends, take this moment to relax and recharge your batteries.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable Labour Day!

Stay healthy and take care, The Centrum Pharmacy Team

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Traveling abroad? Canada has a free service you can sign up for in case of emergencies

From travel insurance to emergency travel medical coverage, there are a lot of ways you can prepare for the unexpected when you’re traveling outside Canada. But did you know that the government has a service for Canadians traveling abroad?

The Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) is a free and confidential service that notifies Canadian citizens outside the country of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. Whether you’re a Canadian traveling or living abroad, signing up for the service ensures you’ll receive the latest information.

“We strongly recommend that all Canadian citizens traveling or living abroad sign up for Registration of Canadians Abroad to receive important information on how to stay safe and secure,” a representative told Daily Hive in an email.

They said that so far, “approximately 420,000 Canadians have registered their presence outside Canada.”

ROCA has been handy in several emergencies in the past.

In early 2020, during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada helped 62,580 Canadian citizens and permanent residents return home, and stranded Canadians received updates through the ROCA registry.

When internet access is an issue, you’ll receive emergency updates via SMS messages. This feature was beneficial in providing flight times and locations for Canadians affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

So, how do you register? Sign up on the website, where you’ll be asked to provide your details and contact information.

You can register for yourself or groups of travelers. And if you’re going on a cruise or planning to visit several countries on the same trip, you can also register for multiple countries.

In addition to signing up for ROCA, Canadians are being urged to do the following:

Head to the registration page for more information. Will you be using this service the next time you travel abroad?

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The Genius Hack For Unclogging Ears After Your Flight

By Shelly Abramovich

We’ve all been there — after a long flight, we disembark, feeling the sensation of pressure and stuffiness in our ears. For many, this sensation quickly fades; but for others, especially children, the discomfort can linger. Why does this happen, and what’s the best way to tackle it? Let’s uncover the mystery of clogged ears while flying and reveal the genius hack that might be the relief you’re seeking!

First, it’s essential to understand why ears feel blocked during flights. As an aircraft changes altitude during takeoff and landing, the cabin’s air pressure is altered. This leads to a mismatch between the pressure outside the ear and the pressure inside the middle ear. The Eustachian tube, a tiny canal connecting your middle ear to the back of your nose and upper throat, tries to balance this by letting in or out small amounts of air. But sometimes, it doesn’t quite manage, resulting in that familiar, unpleasant feeling.

Before diving into the hack, it’s worth mentioning some other primary remedies. Swallowing and yawning can help open the Eustachian tube, allowing the pressure to balance. When the tube opens, you might hear a “pop” — the sweet sound of relief! Frequent sips of water can also help. Another method is chewing gum — the repetitive jaw movements may release the blockage. Some people also use nasal decongestant sprays or specialized earplugs. However, if these don’t work, and you’re left feeling like you’re underwater, it’s time to bring out the hack.

The balloon trick:

The nifty remedy for post-flight ear blockages is none other than the unassuming deflated balloon. This technique, while particularly beneficial for kids, is equally advantageous for adults. Here’s how it works: First, always keep a small deflated balloon in your carry-on. After your flight, if you notice that uncomfortable ear blockage, resist the urge to simply wait it out. Instead, you can use the balloon to your advantage.

Begin to gently blow into it, taking care not to exert too much effort. The key is to generate enough force to stimulate the Eustachian tube to help equalize the pressure within the ear. You might feel that “pop” in your ear — the familiar and satisfying cue that indicates a clear ear passage.

Lastly, if ear discomfort persists after multiple attempts at relief or lasts for days (or if you’re unsure about any of these techniques), always consult a healthcare professional. In rare cases, persistent ear pain can indicate an infection or other underlying issues that may require medical attention.

Indeed, flying can be a thrilling experience, but for those left with that post-flight ear discomfort, it can be a frustrating end to a journey. With a blend of natural techniques and the genius balloon hack, travelers can ensure they land to their destination feeling fresh — and not the nagging feeling of clogged ears. As you take to the skies, remember these tips, ensuring not only memorable trips but also comfortable landings.


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Celebrating Canada Day: Gratitude and Appreciation from Destinations Travel Clinic

As Canada Day approaches, we at Destinations Travel Clinic would like to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the wonderful community that has supported us over the years. It is also a time to reflect on the incredible opportunities and privileges that come with living in this beautiful country. Join us as we celebrate this special day and acknowledge the support of our local family, as well as the countless opportunities Canada has to offer.

Thank You, Our Local Family: Destinations Travel Clinic owes its success and growth to the unwavering support of our local family – our customers, neighbours, and friends. Over the years, you have welcomed us into your lives, entrusted us with your healthcare needs, and embraced our commitment to providing the highest level of care. Your loyalty and patronage have allowed us to thrive and serve the community we hold so dear.

We are honoured to be a part of your healthcare journey, offering personalized services, expert advice, and a warm and friendly environment. We take pride in being your trusted partner, always striving to exceed your expectations. This Canada Day, we extend our sincerest gratitude to each and every one of you for your continued support. We are privileged to serve you and look forward to many more years of caring for our local family.

Canada, a land of vast landscapes and diverse cultures, offers its citizens an abundance of opportunities and privileges. From breathtaking natural beauty to world-class healthcare and education systems, we are truly blessed to call this country home.

As we celebrate Canada Day, let us not forget the countless opportunities that have been provided to us. Whether it is the freedom to pursue our passions, access to quality healthcare, or the chance to build a prosperous future, Canada has continuously offered its residents a platform to thrive and succeed.


Happy Canada Day to all!


U.S. approves 1st vaccine for RSV after decades of attempts

The U.S. approved the first vaccine for RSV on Wednesday, shots to protect older adults against a respiratory virus that’s most notorious for attacking babies but endangers their grandparents, too.

The Food and Drug Administration decision makes GSK’s shot, called Arexvy, the first of several potential vaccines in the pipeline for RSV to be licensed anywhere.

The move sets the stage for adults 60 and older to get vaccinated this fall — but first, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must decide if every senior really needs RSV protection or only those considered at high risk from the respiratory syncytial virus. CDC’s advisers will debate that question in June.


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Which animal kills the most people every year?

Mosquitos sniffing out humans

Of all the creatures on Earth, one insect is responsible for the most human deaths.

The animal kingdom is full of deadly weapons. A lion’s teeth can rip apart flesh with ferocious intensity, rattlesnakes can inject toxins into the bloodstream and hippos can kill you with their powerful jaws.

These are just a few examples of deadly creatures. But which animal kills the most humans?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(opens in new tab) (CDC), the “world’s deadliest animal” is the mosquito, which by some estimates, kills 500,000(opens in new tab) to more than a million(opens in new tab) people per year.


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National Immunization Awareness Week

National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW) is an annual event held in the last
week of April to highlight and recognize the importance of immunization. This year,
Canada’s NIAW – from 24 to 30 April 2023 – coincides with Vaccination Week in the
Americas and World Immunization Week.
Theme: Let’s catch up with confidence
#NIAW2023 #VaccinesWork #GetImmunized

Over the past few years, many of us missed out on seeing the people we love and
partaking in the activities we enjoy, in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to
protect ourselves and others. We stayed at home, only went out when we had to,
connected with loved ones online or over the phone, and cut back on social gatherings
in our communities. It was not easy. Another thing that was not easy during this
time was staying up to date on routine immunizations. In several places, routine
immunization programs came to a grinding halt, and many people were unable to
receive the vaccines they needed. This has not only put people behind in their routine
immunizations, but has also left the door open for a resurgence of vaccine-preventable
diseases, such as measles and polio. As we continue to live in our ‘new normal’, we are
regaining the opportunity to catch up with friends and family, catch up on the hobbies
we love, and catch up on the vaccines we missed. We want everyone to be able to
catch up with confidence, knowing they are safe and protected against vaccine-
preventable diseases.


World Immunization Week 2023 – 24 to 30 April

World Immunization Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to highlight the
collective action needed to protect people from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Under the banner of ‘The Big Catch-Up’, WHO is working with partners to support
countries to get back on track to ensure more people are protected from preventable


We need to act now to catch-up the millions of children who missed out on vaccines
during the pandemic, restore essential immunization coverage to at least 2019 levels and strengthen primary health care to deliver immunization.

The ultimate goal of World Immunization Week is for more children, adults – and their
communities – to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, allowing them to live
happier, healthier lives.

Learn about Immunization

Immunization is one of the most important and cost-effective public health innovations.
In Canada, immunization has saved more lives than any other health intervention, and
has contributed to the reduction in morbidity and mortality in adults, children and other
vulnerable populations. Without immunizations, we can expect to see serious outbreaks
of many diseases that we are now protected against.
Immunization doesn’t just protect the people who get immunized – it protects those
around them too. When a majority of the people in a community are immunized against
a disease, it greatly reduces the chances of that disease spreading in the community,
protecting people such as infants who are too young to be immunized and those who
are not able to get immunized due to medical reasons.

There are many resources available to you to learn about vaccines and immunization.
Immunize Canada has gathered resources from trusted sources and collected them
under headings on the left of your screen. If you cannot find what you are looking
for, contact us, or contact your doctor, nurse, pharmacist or local public health office.
You will find downloadable resources on this page of our website.