Flu Vaccination

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The flu is a common occurrence throughout the year, but the winter months pose the greatest risk for those who are more susceptible to developing the flu and its effects. The vaccination process against the common flu is something that occurs throughout September and October.

So before the season hits, make sure you book for your Abrar Rehman Pharmacy flu vaccination.

Who Is Vulnerable to Influenza?

Flu is known to be more severe in certain groups, for example:

The Astonia Pharmacy flu vaccination service is vital to anyone in these high-risk groups. They are more likely to develop potentially severe complications of flu, such as the secondary bacterial infection pneumonia that can affect the lungs, so it’s recommended that they have a flu jab every year during flu season to help protect them.

You can have the flu vaccine at your GP surgery, but given the busy schedules that these surgeries have on a day-to-day basis every year, it is recommended that you visit your local pharmacy. Millions visit GP surgeries with minor health problems that a local pharmacy could help with. By visiting your pharmacy, you can help to keep our healthcare services running smoothly across the country. Imaan Healthcare pharmacies, including Astonia Pharmacy, offer both NHS funded and private flu jabs to give everyone the option to receive the vaccine at a time that suits them.

Who Is Eligible?

In 2023/24, the eligibility criteria is reverting to pre-pandemic regulations. This means the following groups will be eligible:

Those who are immunocompromised / in a clinical risk group will fit the following:

Health Tips for Those Who Have Received the Flu Vaccination

After getting vaccinated, good health practices also act as a line of defence against the winter flu. At Astonia Pharmacy, our clinician tips for practising good health habits to avoid the flu are:

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the flu vaccine protect me?

The flu vaccine will provide protection for you for the upcoming flu season. People eligible for flu vaccination should have the vaccine each year.

How long does it take for the flu vaccine to become effective?

It takes between 10 and 14 days for your immune system to respond fully after you’ve had the flu vaccine.

What are the first signs of flu?
  • Sudden fever of 38°C or above
  • Dry, chesty cough
  • Headache
  • Tiredness or exhaustion
  • Chills
  • Aching body
  • Diarrhoea or stomach pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Limb or joint pain

Are you a business owner looking to order flu vaccinations for your employees? Click here to visit our corporate flu vaccination page.

Protecting those most at risk is particularly important and the best way to stop flu spreading is to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. Having a vaccine not only protects the individual, but it also stops the virus from spreading throughout the wider community. For more flu vaccination information, or to contact us and book your place, click here:

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