Flu Vaccines – what are they and why you might need them?
You don’t need to go to the GP’s surgery for your flu vaccination; it can be done at your convenience at your local Murrays Pharmacy from this September. The following information will help you decide if you would benefit from a flu vaccination.
Should I have the Flu Vaccination?
Anyone who falls into one of the following high-risk categories should consider having the flu vaccination.
• You are over 65
• You are pregnant
• You have asthma or lung disease
• You have chronic heart disease
• You are diabetic
• You have a chronic kidney condition
• You have a chronic liver condition
• You have had a stroke
• You have an illness or are taking medicines that lower your natural defenses
Can I get a flu vaccine even if I am not ‘high risk’?
Yes, for a small fee you can have a flu vaccination at Murrays pharmacy even if you are not in an, ‘at risk’ category. This could help avoid an unpleasant episode of flu disrupting your winter.
What if I’m not sure whether to have the vaccine?
You can speak to a pharmacist at Murrays pharmacy to help you decide whether the vaccine is right for you.
Do I need a flu vaccination every year?
Yes, the strains of flu vary from year to year so, for the best protection, it is vital to receive this year’s vaccination.
Are there any side effects to the flu vaccination?
Most people do not experience any side effects from the vaccination. However, a few people may experience mild symptoms including aches and pains, fatigue, or a rash at the injection site. These will usually go away within a day or two, but if symptoms do persist, or you experience any additional symptoms, you will need to see your GP.
I had the flu jab last year but still got flu, why?
The flu jab provides the best protection possible against common strains of flu, however it does not protect against all viruses. Even if you had flu-like symptoms after having the vaccination previously, it is still advisable to have the vaccine to prevent a more serious illness.
Do I need to inform my GP?
It is important that you inform your GP of your flu vaccination.
Do I need to book an appointment for my flu vaccination?
You don’t always need an appointment for a flu vaccination, but, as we get busy, it can save time if you make an appointment beforehand. This will also give the pharmacist the opportunity to provide additional information and answer any questions you may have.
For your appointment, call your local branch and book today.