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Flu shot: Your Best Bet for Avoiding Influenza

Flu shot: Your Best Bet for Avoiding Influenza

Flu is a seasonal illness and the flu vaccine is an annual injection, as each year the prevailing flu strains change and the vaccine is adjusted to reflect this. This winter season, the flu vaccination has never been more important. It is possible to catch flu and Covid at the same time as Covid is a cold virus; catching flu if you already have Covid creates a very serious health situation, particularly for those with other underlying medical conditions. If you are looking for the flu vaccination in Earlsfield then contact Pearl Chemist Group for quick appointments and up-to-date advice and information.

When is the best time to get the flu shot?

Flu vaccinations are generally offered from around October onwards although the main flu season is usually after Christmas when the weather tends to be colder.

How to Avoid Flu?

It is almost impossible to avoid flu in normal times although, rather ironically, the national lockdown, social distancing and the wearing of masks have reduced the prevalence of both flu and the common cold this winter. However, the only certain way to avoid flu or to minimise its impact is to have the flu vaccination. This year, the free vaccination was extended by the NHS to cover slightly younger people because of the risk of contracting flu and Covid-19 at the same time. Flu vaccinations are available at Pearl Chemist for any age group.

Flu Prevention Tips

In the same way that Covid is spread through droplets in the air and by touching contaminated surfaces, so too can flu be easily transmissible. The current Covid restrictions have certainly also reduced the amount of flu, seasonal coughs and colds this winter as a means of accidental flu prevention.

Apart from having an annual flu vaccination, keeping yourself as well as possible and supporting your immune system will help ward off nasty viruses. Here are some flu prevention tips:

  • Eat as healthily as you can with plenty of fruit, vegetables and fibre. Try and avoid nutritionally poor and processed foods
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise regularly to boost your health
  • Try and ensure around 7-8 hours restful sleep every night

To obtain a quick appointment for a flu shot, get your flu vaccination in Earlsfield from Pearl Chemist. Our clinic offers early and late appointments and all the guidance and advice you need to stay safe from both flu and Covid during the current pandemic.  There is more information available on our website

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