Flu Vaccination 2017-2018

 

The Flu Vaccination Winter 2017/18

 

Influenza or “Flu” as it is more commonly known is a viral illness which can cause many unpleasant symptoms such as high temperature, headache and body aches, tiredness and sore throat. The symptoms of flu are generally much worse than those of a common cold. Flu is easily spread between people through coughs and sneezes and by touching infected surfaces. Although flu can be caught at any time of year, it is more common between the months of October and March.

The flu virus is very unpleasant for healthy people but for those who are elderly or have underlying health conditions it can be very serious as these people are particularly prone to complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis. Those who develop complications may have to be admitted to hospital and in severe cases the complications can become life threatening. There are between 600-13,000 deaths associated with flu in the UK each year.

The flu virus changes every winter, so even if you have had a previous vaccination against flu it is important to have a regular yearly vaccination to reduce your chances of getting the flu each year.

 

18 or over with a long term medical condition?

If so, you may be eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination from our pharmacy. 

 

You are eligible to receive an NHS flu jab if you:

  • are 65 years of age or over

  • are pregnant*

  • are a carer*

And/or have certain medical conditions* including:

  • Asthma and COPD

  • Kidney disease

  • Neurological disease

  • Heart disease

  • Liver disease

  • Diabetes *patients must be 18 years of age or over

 This free service is funded by NHS England.

 

This year Browns Pharmacies are able to offer FREE NHS flu vaccinations to those in the at risk groups listed above. This service offers a quick and convenient alternative to visiting the GP as often no appointment will be necessary and the injection can be administered as you pick up your regular repeat prescription! We will let your GP know that you have had your annual vaccination at the pharmacy so your records can be kept up to date at the surgery.

Free NHS vaccinations are available from 18th September 2017 until 31st January 2018

 

If you are not eligible for a free NHS vaccination, you may choose to have one anyway as the flu illness can be so unpleasant – who wants to be unwell over the Christmas and New Year period when everybody else is having fun?! Browns Pharmacy can also offer private flu vaccinations to anybody not in the NHS target group at the cost of £10. The private service runs from 18th September 2017 until 31st January 2018. Again if you wish, we can let your GP know that you have had your vaccination so the surgery can keep their records updated.

 

Don’t suffer from the flu this winter; protect yourself and those around you by getting a jab!