Flu Vaccination Service
Protect against four strains of flu with no appointment necessary.
Which symptoms does the flu cause?
The flu can cause a range of symptoms – the symptoms can be mild or severe and they usually improve within a week.
Symptoms of the flu include:
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Stomach pain and digestive problems such as diarrhoea
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
How long do symptoms last for?
The symptoms tend to improve significantly within seven days, you may find that you feel tired for a while after an episode of the flu. If you’re worried your symptoms are severe or not improving, seek medical advice.
Is it flu symptoms or a cold?
The flu is often confused with the common cold, which can cause very similar symptoms. When you have a cold, your symptoms tend to be milder and they usually come on gradually.
Which jab do we offer?
Dears Pharmacy is offering the quadrivalent flu jab, which protects against the four most common strains of the flu this flu season.
It is given as an injection, usually in the upper arm.
Why get the flu jab?
The flu jab helps prevent you’re getting the flu and having to experience symptoms or take time to recover – it reduces your risk of getting the flu. Although the flu jab does not prevent 100% of all flu cases, people who have been vaccinated and who catch a strain of the flu they are vaccinated against tend to have less severe symptoms which usually improve within a shorter period of time.
The flu can cause serious complications in children, the elderly, those with a weakened immune system and pregnant women. For these groups, the flu jab offers protection not only from the flu but helps to reduce the risk of more serious illness and the secondary complications of flu, like pneumonia.
What happens when you do get the flu?
The flu is a common viral infection which spreads by little droplets, usually by coughs and sneezes. It is particularly common during the winter months and causes unpleasant symptoms, like fever/chills, tiredness and muscle aches which can last for days. Although the symptoms tend to clear within a week in people who are otherwise healthy, it can cause serious complications in pregnant women, elderly patients, young children and people with an impaired immune system.
What happens if I get the flu jab?
You won’t get the flu itself, but you can get some of the symptoms – the flu jab is not a live vaccine, which means you cannot get the flu from the flu jab. However, the flu jab may cause flu-like symptoms as a side effect. The side effects of the flu jab tend to be mild and they usually pass within days. If you get an injection, the injection site may be red and sore for a few days after you have received your vaccine. Your nurse or pharmacist will also give more information about potential side effects.
When will it start working?
It can take up to 14 days for your immunity to develop after getting the flu jab. This is why it’s always best to get vaccinated early in the season to minimise your chance of catching it before you develop immunity.
How often do you need to get the flu jab?
You need to get vaccinated every year in order to stay protected – the flu virus is constantly changing, and the vaccine is formulated every year to remain effective against the most common strands of the flu.
When should I start thinking about getting the jab?
The best time to get the vaccine is before the beginning of the flu season, but you can also get it later in winter.
Should I get the jab if I’ve already had the flu this year?
It is advisable as there is more than 1 strain of flu virus in circulation every year and can still get reduce your chance of getting other strains even if you’ve already gotten over 1 infection.
Our vaccination costs £8 and is available with no appointment necessary following a short consultation with our pharmacist.
Price: Small charge
Frequency: When required...
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