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How the Flu Vaccine Works?

As the COVID vaccine program is increasingly more successful here in the UK, it remains important to be vigilant about not catching flu. Flu can be very serious, even requiring hospital treatment. It is best to practice prevention by getting vaccinated for flu. The Flu vaccine is safe for all ages to use and can prevent hospital visits, decrease symptoms or completely prevent flu. If you are looking for the Flu vaccination in earls field, you can book online through the Pearl Chemist Group website.

How do influenza vaccines work?

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine that causes antibodies to develop about two weeks after vaccination. It is made to protect against the three or four most common strains of the flu, which is determined by research. Whilst flu vaccine effectiveness can vary, and there could still be a small chance that you might still get flu, research has shown that it is effective around 70% of the time. Even if you do get flu after vaccination, it will likely be milder and not last as long as it would have without the vaccine.

The flu vaccine is generally given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm. In children, however, it is more commonly administered via nasal spray. The muscular injection should not cause excessive discomfort or pain, but the vaccine may carry with it mild side effects such as a slightly raised temperature, muscle aches or a sore arm at the injection site.

Who can/should have the flu vaccine?

Generally, anyone can have the flu vaccine, but in some cases the flu vaccine should be avoided or delayed. You should avoid or delay the flu vaccine if you’ve had serious allergic reactions to it previously, are currently ill with high temperature or if you have an egg allergy as you should request an egg free vaccine. Otherwise, you should have the vaccine especially if you:

  • are higher risk for coronavirus
  • are 50 or older
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • are someone’s main care taker
  • are a frontline health or social care worker

You can book your appointment for your flu shot in Earls field quickly and effortlessly. Our clinic offers early and late appointments as well as all the guidance and advice you need to stay safe from both flu and Covid. Please visit our website for more information and to book your appointment now.

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