For the first time people aged 50 and over have been included in the groups of people who are able to receive their flu vaccine free of charge on the NHS.
From 1st December if you are over 50 you can get vaccinated at either your GP surgery or at a pharmacy offering the flu service. Here at Parkers Pharmacy we run daily flu vaccine clinics and have appointments at our pharmacy store in Huntington between the hours of 9.15am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Why should I get the flu vaccine?
This year our focus has been taken up by Covid-19 which in fact makes it all the more important that as many people as possible receive the flu vaccine this year:
How effective is the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine gives the best protection against flu.
Flu vaccines help protect against the main types of flu viruses, although there's still a chance you might get flu. However, if you do get flu after vaccination, it's likely to be milder and not last as long.
It can take 10 to 14 days for the flu vaccine to work so it’s important to book in for your vaccination as soon as possible.
Does the flu vaccine give you flu?
None of the flu vaccines contain live viruses so they cannot cause flu.
If you are unwell after vaccination, you may have something else. Or you may have caught flu before your vaccination had worked.
Are there any side effects?
Flu vaccines are very safe. All adult flu vaccines are given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm.
Most side effects are mild and only last for a day or so, such as:
Try these tips to help reduce the discomfort:
Allergic reactions to the flu vaccineIt's very rare for anyone to have a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)to the flu vaccine. If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes.
The person who vaccinates you will be trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.
In line with the latest advice, we recommend that you book in for your flu vaccine as soon as possible to ensure that you protected against flu this winter.