We care for you & your health, which is why we offer a range of health services right here in our pharmacy, including Flu Vaccinations.
What is seasonal flu (influenza)?
Seasonal (annual) flu is a highly infectious viral illness of the respiratory tract which can be life threatening to some. Flu can cause complications to those in ‘at risk’ groups.
Who should get this seasonal flu vaccine? What is the seasonal (annual) flu vaccine?
Each year the seasonal (annual) flu vaccine contains three common influenza virus strains. The flu virus changes each year – this is why a new influenza vaccine has to be given each year. The seasonal flu vaccine helps your immune system to produce antibodies to fight the flu virus. When someone who has been vaccinated comes into contact with the virus these antibodies attack the virus, preventing infection.
Who should get this seasonal flu vaccine?
Vaccination is strongly recommended for some ‘at risk’ groups, which include the following:
• Those aged 65 and over
• Those with a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart or lung disease
• Those whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment
• Those with a body mass index (BMI) over 40
• Pregnant women (can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
• Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
• Healthcare workers
• People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs
When should I get the vaccination?
Your pharmacist provides the winter flu vaccination right here in the pharmacy.If you would like to get the flu vaccination please discuss with our pharmacist who will explain the process and ask a few questions to ensure it is suitable for you. Vaccination should take place ideally in September or October but it is available from us until the end of February. It starts to work within two weeks and protects you for about a year.