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Get protected against flu

Flu Jab Service


The Flu Jab Service is available at your local Rowlands Pharmacy between September – March.


By getting your flu jab you can stop flu in its tracks before it harms you or your family.


You could be eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS from one of our pharmacies or at your GP surgery if you are or have:

  • Over 65
  • Pregnant
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Liver Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Weakened Immune System

How can I get my flu jab?

There is no appointment necessary. You will be asked a few questions to see if you are eligible and your jab will be administered by a qualified pharmacist in the privacy of the consultation room hassle free.

It is best to have the flu jab in early autumn before any outbreaks of flu. Remember that you need it every year, so don’t assume you are protected because you had one last year. If you belong to one of the eligible groups mentioned, it’s important that you have your flu jab. Call into Rowlands Pharmacy and ask our team about the Flu Jab Service.


Flu Facts

Flu is a highly infectious and very common viral disease. The effects of flu can be devastating, but by getting the flu jab you can stop flu in its tracks before it harms you or your family. Flu is not the same as the common cold. It is caused by a different group of viruses spread through the air. Flu is a serious condition and can cause mild to serious illness and even death. Symptoms can be more severe and last up to several weeks.


General Symptoms of flu:

  • Fever, feeling feverish or chills.
  • A cough and a sore throat, sneezing, runny or blocked nose.
  • Headache, aches and pains.
  • Tiredness.
  • Diarrhoea or upset stomach.
  • Loss of appetite.

The best way to protect yourself and your family against seasonal flu is to be vaccinated. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of serious flu complications, and for people who live with or care for high risk individuals.


Flu FAQs

Why should I have a flu vaccination?

Because it is a viral infection, flu cannot be treated with antibiotics and although antiviral agents may reduce the severity and duration of symptoms, the only available preventative measure is the seasonal flu vaccination.


The NHS provides flu vaccination free of charge to high-risk groups – including the elderly and those with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes etc, and latterly (since 2010) to pregnant women. Whilst the debilitating effects of flu may be less severe than in the aforementioned groups, members of the healthy working population are no less likely to contract the virus – indeed may be more exposed to it as a result of overcrowding on public transport, open-plan working etc – and this increases the risk of onward spread to vulnerable members of their own families and communities.

Flu vaccination is only available in the UK to the healthy, work-age, population if their employer provides it as a staff benefit or if they pay for the treatment privately.


How effective is the flu vaccination?

The vaccine offers 70-80% immunity against the virus, and the small minority who develop flu despite having been vaccinated are likely to experience milder symptoms and a shorter duration of infection. In 2015 one of the flu strains mutated mid season and this made that particular strain only 3% effective. However, the other strains in the vaccine were still highly effective.


Does the vaccine contain the Swine Flu Strain (A/H1N1v)?

Yes. The vaccination provides protection against both seasonal and swine flu virus strains.


Does the flu vaccination cause flu?

No. The vaccine contains an inactivated virus that cannot, in itself, cause flu. Any mild flu-like symptoms that may be experienced for up to 48 hours after vaccination are the normal response of the body’s immune system to vaccination – and the majority of people do not notice any such symptoms.


Are there any side effects from having the vaccination?

The flu vaccine has been robustly tried and tested and is extremely safe for administration in the UK population.


Some people may experience a slightly sore arm after the vaccination which can include redness, swelling, pain or bruising around where the vaccine is injected, but the majority of people do not report this side effect.


Less commonly, a mild temperature and aching symptoms may occur as a result of the immune system responding to the vaccine. This can last for up to 48 hours after vaccination and is not considered abnormal.


Side effects more serious than these are extremely uncommon and very rarely occur.


How long does it take for the vaccine to take effect?

Protection against the flu virus starts to develop about one week after receiving the vaccination.


How long does the protection last for?

Protection can last for up to one year.


If I had a vaccination last year, will I need another one?

Yes. This is because different strains of flu circulate every year, and the vaccine is manufactured to provide immunity against the most common flu virus strains in circulation in a particular year. (As stipulated by WHO)


Can everyone receive the flu vaccine?

The majority of people can safely receive the flu vaccination.


However, if you have had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous flu vaccination or an allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine (including gentamicin, polymixin and neomycin or a latex allergy) you will not be offered the jab.


You will not be vaccinated if you are ill with a fever on the day of vaccination.


All pregnant women are recommended to receive the flu vaccine irrespective of their stage of pregnancy. Pregnant women are at increased risk from complications if they contract flu. Having flu during pregnancy may be associated with premature birth and smaller birth size and weight. Flu vaccination during pregnancy provides passive immunity against flu to infants in the first few months of life. Studies on safety of flu vaccine in pregnancy show that inactivated flu vaccines can be safely and effectively administered during pregnancy.



Protect your Employees

don’t let flu stop you and your business this winter...

Over the years, there has been a dramatic increase in absence from work and an increased number of fatalities, due to flu.


Absences still cost the economy £14 billion a year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

People often state location and convenience as reasons for not having a flu jab. Unfortunately, this often includes people that are considered to be in “at risk” groups.


The NHS provides a free flu service to all patients at risk. However, for the remainder of the population, the availability of a consistent private service is poor.


Time factors influence people’s decision to get vaccinated or not. After all, taking time to spend in a surgery waiting room is often difficult during the working day. In the current economic climate, even the smallest reduction in productivity can translate into a significant loss of profit for your business.

Flu vaccinations can reduce workplace absence; helping reduce the costs and disruption that this can create.


Employers that provide the seasonal flu jab as an employee benefit not only protect the individual but also the individual’s family and work colleagues. It also ensures that employees return to work after the minimal amount of time it takes to receive the jab.


Rowlands Pharmacy offers two convenient ways to protect your employees and your business against flu this year.


To protect your employees and your business, please contact Rowlands Pharmacy by emailing your requirements to flu@rowlandspharmacy.co.uk or call 01928 750 549.

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