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Why the Flu Jab is Essential

Keep yourself and your loved ones flu-free by getting vaccinated every year. With the flu's ability to adapt, your previous vaccination's effectiveness can decrease, leaving you vulnerable to new strains. Our trained pharmacists are ready to provide you with a quick and comfortable vaccination experience.

Are you 65 or older? Living with long-term health conditions? Expecting a little one? Or a frontline social care worker without employer-provided vaccination? Good news! You're eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine at Windmill Pharmacy. Let's keep you safe and sound this flu season.
At your appointment, a quick jab in the upper arm is all it will take. Side effects, if any, are typically minimal. Most people experience only mild reactions like: sore arm or a high temperature.
While it's true that no vaccine guarantees total immunity, receiving the flu vaccine significantly increases your chances of avoiding the flu. Plus, you contribute to the health of your community by reducing the risk of transmission.

Flu Questions Answered

Are there any side effects?

It's normal to notice some usual, mild side effects post-flu vaccination, like a bit of arm soreness or slight fever. These should only last a short while. Very rarely do people experience anything more serious. Children may have a runny nose or feel a bit under the weather for a little while, but this is part of the normal immune response and should pass quickly.

Will the flu jab give me the flu?

It's a common misconception that the flu jab can give you the flu. Rest assured, the vaccine uses a inactivated version of the virus, ensuring you're protected without being at risk of contracting the flu from the jab itself.

Do I need to get the flu vaccination every year?

Flu viruses evolve rapidly, and last year's vaccine may not shield you against new strains. To maintain your defences against the flu, it's recommended to get the flu jab every year, tailored to fight the most recent virus mutations.

When is the best time to get the flu vaccination?

Timing is crucial when it comes to flu vaccinations. The ideal period to receive your jab is during the autumn or at the start of winter. This strategy allows your body to establish a strong immune response well before the flu season's peak between December and March.

Do I need to get the flu vaccine if I've already had the COVID-19 vaccine?

Absolutely, receiving the flu vaccine is still necessary even if you've had the COVID-19 vaccine. The flu vaccine is formulated to combat the influenza virus, which is different from the coronavirus targeted by the COVID-19 vaccine. Since these viruses are distinct, each vaccine is specialized to protect against its specific virus. To maintain the best defense against respiratory illnesses, it's recommended to be vaccinated for both the flu and COVID-19.