What is the Flu Vaccine?
This is a product which basically mimics the flu causing virus in the body. It does this without causing flu. This prepares the bodies immune defences so that if a real virus attacks, the body will be able to deal without before it causes damage and thus symp-toms.
How is the vaccine given?
The vaccine is administered as an injection into the upper arm muscle. It can also be given as a nasal fluid (by specific healthcare professionals, in children aged 2-18 years).
What are the benefits of this vaccine?
This vaccine reduces the likelihood of contracting flu. It is also likely to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms if you were to be unfortunate and contract flu in spite of re-ceiving the vaccine. The flu vaccine has also been shown to reduce hospitalisations due to flu complications. Some studies suggest that the vaccine has shown a greater than 70% reduction in admissions with conditions such as flu related pneumonia.
What are the side effects?
The main side effect of the injectable flu vaccine is pain at the site of injection. It is also possible to have a mild fever and general aches, pains and fatigue for a few days after the injection. Serious side effects are rare.
Can I get the vaccine?
All vulnerable patients, as mentioned above, should be called to their local GP practice to get the Flu vaccine. For those not called to their local GP practice, McKay Pharmacy’s highly trained pharmacists offer an in store flu vaccination service to anyone over 12 years old. This service costs just £15 and is offered Monday to Friday in all three stores! No appointment necessary— just in and get protected this winter!
References; Centre For Disease Control and Prevention website