The Flu Vaccination service has been around for quite a few years now, but this year – more than ever – it is vitally important that you keep yourself and your family as well and as healthy as possible.
While even the fittest and healthiest of people can catch the flu, it can be very serious for more elderly people, those with a medical condition and pregnant women.
The flu jab is designed to protect against common strains of the flu and you can have the vaccination every year.
Flu vaccines aim to protect people from the risk of infection, so, if you fall into the category where you are eligible for a free flu vaccination at your local GP surgery, it’s vitally important that you take up this option.
If you don’t fall into the eligible category, however, Toome Pharmacy provides a Flu Vaccination service, which will provide you with protection. You can have a flu jab every year.
When to get vaccinated
Our Flu Vaccination service is available during the flu season, which tends to run from September to march. For the best protection, we would advise that you should have your Flu Vaccination between September and early November.
This year, in addition to our usual Flu Vaccination service, we are offering an extra vaccination service specifically designed for healthcare workers.
The Health & Social Care Workers’ Scheme enables all those involved in healthcare to receive a flu vaccination free of charge.
How is the vaccination given?
The flu jab is given as an injection in the upper arm. The injection can cause some redness and swelling at the injection site and can, on occasion, cause some side effects, such as mild symptoms of flu.
It does not, however, cause flu itself. This is a ‘myth’ and is totally wrong.
As with all of our services, we are here to answer any questions you may have.