The single most effective way to prevent flu and spread of germs is to get vaccinated every year. The flu (or influenza) season hits between October and April every year. It’s a common viral infection that affects the lungs and upper respiratory airways and can sometimes result in debilitating symptoms. Flu is extremely contagious; it can be spread through coughing, sneezing or touching. The symptoms take around two days to appear after you’ve been infected, and people are usually infectious a day or so before the symptoms start and then for around six days– so it’s almost impossible to avoid!
Typical symptoms include:
• High temperature
• Sweating, feeling feverish / shivery
• Aching limbs and tiredness
• Sore throat with a dry cough
• Loss of appetite
Everyone’s at risk of catching flu, so if you want to protect yourself and those around you this Winter, you can arrange to get vaccinated at Eastcote Pharmacy. There is limited availability of stock, make sure you don’t miss out, contact us today to reserve your flu jab.
Frequently asked questions:
Do I have to get a Winter flu vaccination every year?
Yes, every year Winter flu is caused by different strains of the virus and the vaccine produced is according to the advice given by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Will the seasonal flu vaccine protect me against swine flu?
Yes, in most cases it will. Some people with a weakened immune systemmay need to have an additional H1N1 vaccination and you should see your GP if this is the case.
Can I have the flu vaccine if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
Yes, as long as you pass the eligibility test you can have the flu vaccination.
Will the flu vaccine give me flu?
No, they can’t cause flu, they will only protect you against the infections.
What are the adverse reactions to the flu vaccination?
Most people don’t experience any adverse effects, however the most common side effects are general aches and pains, rash and feeling tired. These will usually go away within a day or two, but if symptoms do persist you’ll need to see your GP. But if your arm feels sore apply a cold flannel and take painkillers if necessary, If you have a headache or slight fever, drink plenty of water and take painkillers.