How to get a private flu vaccine
If you do not qualify for a free NHS flu vaccination but would like one, we can help. We offer private flu vaccines at Granta Pharmacy for £14.99 and these are administered by one of our trained pharmacists.
What Is The Flu Jab?
The flu vaccine is a vaccination against the influenza virus. Most people receive this vaccination as an injection but children receive the vaccination in the form of a nasal spray. The vaccine is the best protection against catching the flu. It is possible to catch a strain of the flu virus that wasn’t included in the vaccine. However, if you do, you’re still provided with some protection and will probably recover more quickly than if you hadn’t had the vaccine.
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Who Should Have The Flu Vaccination?
For 2021, it’s strongly recommended that everyone gets vaccinated if they can – especially if you were shielding during the coronavirus pandemic.
People eligible for the free NHS vaccination include those who:
- 50 years old and over
- Have certain health conditions
- Are pregnant
- Are in long-stay residential care
- Receive a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- Live with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus
- Frontline health or social care workers
Having the vaccine will help protect you from catching and spreading the flu. It will also help prevent you from infecting other people in your family as well as helping to reduce the strain on the NHS during flu season. Plus, it’s ok to have the flu jab when pregnant or if you’re taking antibiotics.
Who Shouldn’t Have The Flu Jab?
Most people can have a flu vaccine. However, there are a couple of exceptions:
– If you are currently unwell with a fever, you should delay getting the jab.
– If you have an egg allergy, first speak to your GP or pharmacist.
When should I have the Flu Vaccine?
The best time to have the vaccination is any time after September to the end of November. This is the ideal time but you can have it later if more convenient.
What Are The Flu Vaccine Side Effects?
The flu vaccine is a safe and effective method of fighting the flu. If you experience any flu jab side effects, they are likely to be mild. Side effects include:
- Mild fever
- Aching muscles
- Sore arm where you were injected
- Tiredness or feeling under the weather
- Blocked or runny nose
Some people also lose their appetite following the flu jab. Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare.
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