As we get near winter, the significance of getting a flu vaccination to avoid flu related diseases such as bronchitis and pneumonia are huge. At Acorn Pharmacy we have an open door policy that means you can come on your own, with friends or with your family to our pharmacy at any time during opening hours, from Monday to Saturday and get your flu vaccine within 15 minutes for free if you have an NHS exemption card or at a fixed price of £12.00
Every flu season is different and each individual is affected differently. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalised and tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes. The flu virus also affects fit and healthy people.
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
The NHS flu vaccination is available FREE of charge if you are:
A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in shielding yourself against influenza viruses. Getting vaccinated mean reducing the chances of becoming ill, doctors’ visits, missing out on work and school, and eliminating the potential threat of getting hospitalised. We must bear in mind that every flu season is different and each individual is affected differently. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalised and tens of thousands die from flu-related causes.
The vaccine works by causing antibodies to develop in the body about two to three weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. This would then protect you against the common influenza, reduce the risks of a viral infection to children, the elderly, those with weak immune system and pregnant women. The vaccine does not provide a 100% protections, however, it significantly diminishes the severity and symptoms of flu.
The flu vaccine is for everyone, but specifically for those that are:
You are eligible for the 2018-2019 free flu vaccine at Acorn Pharmacy if you have an NHS exemption card. The other good news is if you are bound to be 65 by March 31, 2019, you are entitle to get a flu vaccine as a 65 or over person.
You can get the flu vaccine at any stage of the pregnancy. When you have a baby brewing, you're at an increased risk for flu-related complications, so it's particularly important to get vaccinated.
If you suffer from chronic respiratory diseases such as Asthma and COPD, heart diseases, liver diseases, neurological conditions or problems, which can lead to complication caused by flu infections, it is best that you get a flu vaccine to reduce any potential or fatal risks.
Parents, you are strongly advised to get your children vaccinated to reduce the threat of a flu and flu-related infection.
Children up to the age of 9 years should be offered a FREE vaccination at school.
If you are a frontline health or social care worker, you are extremely exposed to the flu virus and risk getting contamination, therefore, it is best that you get a flu vaccine to avoid getting contaminated if there is a flu outbreak.
If your company is looking to avoid employees missing work due to flu during the winter months, we can make an arrangement to vaccinate your staffs’ members to ensure that your workforce is consistent throughout the winter months.
The flu virus also affects fit and healthy people, therefore, if you are seriously involved in a sporting activity it is advised to get the flu vaccine.
The injectable flu shot contains viruses that are literally dead. But because flu season typically coincides with cough and cold season, people may mistake cold symptoms for flu systems.
For the 2018-2019 season, the flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) or the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray flu vaccine, also known as the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), should not be used again during 2018-2019
You only need to get one shot to protect you from the risks of flu infections.
If you tend to get anxious before getting a shot, be sure to eat and drink something beforehand to help prevent nerve-related nausea.
If you are allergic to eggs or think you might be, talk to our pharmacist before getting your flu jab.