Flu Vaccination - What you need to know

Flu Vaccination - What you need to know

Winter has finall arrived in Westeros and it's well on the way in the UK and whilst we can't offer protection against White Walkers, or, indeed, rabid Games of Thrones fans, we are now offering flu vaccinations in our Pharmacy. The flu vaccination is one of the best ways of protecting your health over the Autumn and Winter months and of preventing the spread of infection between familes, friends and colleagues.The jab itself only takes a few seconds and there are qualified staff available whilst the store is open.

Updated for Autumn 2017:

Adult flu vaccine £11.99

Child flu vaccine £25.00

Boswells Student Club members & Business or Institution bookings £8.50

So here's what we think you need to know to make a decision on whether it's right for you.

What does the flu vaccine do?

As with all vaccines the injection includes a tiny amount of the flu virus to get your anti-bodies ready to fight off a larger dose. Vaccines have proved the most effective way of fighting viruses. This vaccine helps protect against the viruses most likely to be responsible for causing most cases of flu this winter including the H1N1 virus (swine flu).

What possible side effects are there?

Can I get the flu from the flu vaccine?

Can I get the flu vaccination for free at Boswells?

Can children get a flu vaccine?

Who shouldn't get a flu vaccine?

 

What possible side effects are there?

All medicines can have potential side effects. For the flu vaccine most of the potential side effects are not serious and should disappear on their own in a day or two. Most people have no side effects at all.

The most frequently reported side effects include: Fever, Feeling unwell, Shivering, Headache, Sweating, Muscle and joint pain, Skin reactions such as redness, pain, bruising and hardening of the skin at the injection site.

Rare reactions include: Nerve pain and inflammation, Numbness, Tingling, Fits, Thromboctyopaenia (a blood disorder), Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels), Rare nerve disorders. On rare occasions anaphylaxis may occur (we have procedures in place to deal with this). You should get medical advice straight away if you experience any of these reactions.

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Can I get the flu from the flu vaccine?

No. Although the side effects (if you get some of them) can seem similar you don't have the flu itself.

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Can I get the flu vaccination for free at Boswells?

Yes if you meet the following criteria. Don't worry if you aren't sure. Tell our pharmacy staff & they can advise you before treatment.

1) You are registered with a GP in the Clinical Commissioning Groups of; Aylesbury Vale, Bracknell & Ascot, Chilterns, Oxfordshire, Newbury & District, Reading, Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead or Wokingham AND

2) You are between 18 and 65 years at the time of vaccination AND

3) You have one of the following medical conditions.

  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • Carers in receipt of carers allowance
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Respiratory disease
  • Chronic Heart Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Chronic Neurological Disease
  • Imunosuppression due to disease or treatment.

If you aged over 65 see your GP for a free flu vaccine as this can't be administered in a pharmacy.

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Can children get a flu vaccine?

Yes, between 18 months and 18 years there is a different vaccine. For young children there is also an alternative delivery method than the needle. If necessary raise this with our pharmacy staff. Prices vary based on the type of vaccine and the number of children being treated at one time so speak to our Pharmacist to find out more. 

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Who shouldn't get a flu vaccine?

Our pharmacy staff will go through a short questionnaire to check suitability before treatment but here is a guide on when NOT to take the flu vaccine.

  • If you have a known hypersensitivity to egg products
  • If you are acutely ill on the day of vaccination
  • If you have a history of anaphylactic (allergic) reactions to vaccines. Any allergy should be checked against the specific ingrediants of the flu vaccine.
  • Anyone who has already received the flu vaccine within 12 months.

In addition anyone with the following medical conditions should see their GP before having a flu vaccine. Cerebal Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, any hereditory or degenerative disease of the nervous system or muscles, an allergy to latex, bleeding disorders or those receiving anticoagulant treatments.

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Posted by Becky Web Manager
10th October 2014
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