Keep the winter blues away and make sure you get the flu jab from your Co-operative Pharmacy Locale!
As we head into Autumn, and Winter draws closer, it is time to decide whether or not to get the flu vaccination.
Although it’s not pleasant, for many of us influenza (flu) is a mild illness, causing fever, chills, a cough, sore throat and body aches that last several days. But for some – especially the elderly, young children and those with chronic diseases or weakened immune systems – there is a risk of serious and potentially deadly complications.
Making the choice to have the flu vaccine is a simple and effective way to protect yourself and those around you.
About the winter flu vaccine
It is designed to help protect against the strains of flu expected to be circulating this coming winter. That’s why it’s important to have the flu vaccine before the start of each and every winter.
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. It’s safe, very effective and used worldwide to protect millions of people.
How the vaccine works
The injected flu vaccine contains inactivated, or killed, strains of the flu virus and therefore cannot cause flu. The vaccine helps you to build up immunity to flu, in the same way as a natural infection (but without the symptoms).
After vaccination, it takes about 14 days to be protected against flu. Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu. It won't stop all flu viruses, but if you do get flu after vaccination it's likely to be milder and shorter than it would otherwise have been.
Having the Flu Vaccine
Having the vaccine is quick and easy. In the privacy of a consultation room, you’ll be asked a few questions to check the flu vaccine is suitable for you. Then a trained Pharmacist will administer the vaccine. We’ll inform your GP that you have been vaccinated so they can update your medical record.
The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to early November. You can have it later in the winter but it is best to get it before the start of the flu season.
Where to get it and how much it costs
You can have the vaccine at your Pharmacy Locale (or at your GP surgery) for £10, if you:
- are pregnant
- are aged 65 or over
- have a long-term medical condition
If you don’t fall into one of these groups, you can still have the vaccine for £13.
Please bring your social security card along with you, as we will need this in order to update your GP records.
Side effects of the vaccine
As with all medicines, side effects to the flu vaccine are possible but usually mild.
Some people may get a sore arm at the site of the injection, a low grade fever and aching muscles for a day or two after the vaccination. Serious side effects are uncommon.
Do I need to book an appointment?
No need for an appointment just pop in, available at your Pharmacy Locale, Grand Marché St Helier and St Peter, New Era and Bath Street. Please remember to bring your social security card with you.
Please note that the over 65's flu jab is due to be back in stock on Monday 12th November.
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