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By getting your flu jab you can stop flu in its tracks before it harms you or your family. Speak to a member of your local Rowlands team today to arrange for your annual vaccination.
The Flu Jab Service is available at your local Rowlands Pharmacy between September – March.
Our hassle free approach means there is no appointment necessary. You will be asked a few questions to see if you are eligible for the vaccine and your jab will be administered by a qualified pharmacist in the privacy of the consultation room. You will then be asked to remain in the pharmacy for 10 minutes following your vaccination.
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. Call into Rowlands Pharmacy and ask our team about the Flu Jab Service.
Flu is a highly infectious and very common viral disease. The effects of flu can be devastating, but by getting the flu jab you may be able to stop flu in its tracks before it harms you or your family. Flu is not the same as the common cold, symptoms can be more severe and last up to several weeks. Flu and its resulting complications can cause mild to serious illness and even death.
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.
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.
Whilst the NHS provides flu vaccination free of charge to high-risk groups, members of the rest of the population are no less likely to contract the virus – indeed they may be more exposed to it as a result of overcrowding on public transport, open-plan working etc. 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 those outside of the high risk eligible groups if their employer provides it as a staff benefit or if they pay for the treatment privately.
How effective is the flu vaccination?
Because the flu virus can change from year to year there is always a risk that the vaccine does not match the circulating virus. The flu vaccination won't stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it's not a 100% guarantee that you'll be flu-free, but if you do get flu after vaccination it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.
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?
Whilst the pharmacist will conduct a personal assessment on the day, the majority of people can safely receive the flu vaccination.
Some reasons you may be refused vaccination at the pharmacy include:
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).
If you are ill with a fever on the day of vaccination.
Can pregnant women receive the flu vaccine?
Yes, pregnant women are advised to obtain the flu vaccine irrespective of their stage of pregnancy. Pregnant women are at increased risk from the complications of flu if they contract it. 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.
Don’t let flu stop you and your business this winter...
According to the latest figures the average worker takes just over 4 days a year off through illness. Absence due to flu can mean important disruption to your workforce, productivity and costs to your business.
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 off 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.