Flu Vaccination and Other vaccinations

nhs_services_600The Flu vaccination season each year starts on 1st September.

Flu vaccination is now Free on the NHS to all at Risk groups including over 65’s, from this Pharmacy.

At risk groups entitled to free flu vaccines at this pharmacy are:

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma (that requires inhaled or tablet steroid treatment or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
  • over 65’s
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or as a result of medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy.
  • Pregnant Women
  • Carers

We can vaccinate privately at a cost of £12.00 per vaccine.

Private flu vaccinations from the age of 12 years.

We can also arrange to come to your business to vaccinate your employees at a discounted rate, please call the pharmacy to discuss your requirements.

Why Vaccinate against Flu?

The symptoms of flu will usually peak after two to three days and you should begin to feel much better within five to eight days. However, you may have a lingering cough and still feel very tired for a further two to three weeks.

Flu can give you any of these symptoms:

  •    sudden fever – a temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) or above
  •    dry, chesty cough
  •    headache
  •    tiredness
  •    chills
  •    aching muscles
  •    limb or joint pain
  •    diarrhoea or upset stomach
  •    sore throat
  •    runny or blocked nose
  •    sneezing
  •    loss of appetite
  •    difficulty sleeping.

This can be very debilitating, but can also cause serious complications. It can cause many days off work, as you’re likely to spend two or three days in bed. This will affect your income (especially if you work for yourself), the income of the people you work for, your work colleagues, who have to do your job, and your family. A bad bout of flu is much worse than a heavy cold and cannot be treated with antibiotics.

Complications of flu mostly affect people in high-risk groups, such as the elderly, pregnant women and those who have a long-term medical condition or weakened immune system.

The most common complication is a bacterial chest infection. Occasionally, this can become serious and develop into pneumonia. A course of antibiotics usually cures a chest infection or pneumonia, but it can very occasionally become life threatening, particularly in the frail and elderly. Other serious complications are uncommon and include:   tonsillitis,     otitis media – a build-up of fluid in the ear,     septic shock – infection of the blood that causes a severe drop in blood pressure, meningitis – infection in the brain and spinal cord, encephalitis – inflammation of the brain.

The flu vaccine that is given to adults contains inactivated flu viruses, so it can’t give you flu. Your arm may feel a bit sore where you were injected, and some people get a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards, but other reactions are very rare.

The viruses that cause flu can change every year, so you need a vaccination each year that matches the new viruses. The flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses, including the H1N1 swine flu virus, if it expected to be circulating in that year and protection lasts for the year.

Shingles Vaccine

You are eligible for the shingles vaccine under the NHS if you are aged 70 or 78 years old.  In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the previous three years of the programme but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes:

  • people in their 70s who were born after 1 September 1942
  • people aged 79 years

The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 and over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.

If you are not eligible and are over 50 and would like the vaccine, please contact the pharmacy to make an appointment the cost is £130.00.

Hepatitis B

The hepatitis B vaccination is a requirement for workers in various fields (laboratory workers, care workers, prison staff etc). Immunisation against the hepatitis B virus is often needed by volunteer workers or those travelling to and planning to reside in countries where the disease is endemic.

Four vaccines are required for complete protection the first, then one at day 7 and then 21 -28 days and one at 12 months.  Or The first one, at one month, 2 months then 12 months.  The cost is £35.00 per vaccine.

Other travel vaccines

See Travel Page