Flu Jab Information

Flu Jabs Available Instore

You can call in and have your flu jab at our Shoreham pharmacy without visiting your GP. 

If you are in one of the more vulnerable groups below it is particularly important to have a flu vaccination. It only takes a couple of minutes of your time and a second to administer. 

In many cases, we can do these FREE! Pop in and see our friendly team today!


What causes flu?

Flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect the windpipe and lungs. And because it’s caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it. If, however, there are complications from getting flu, antibiotics may be needed.


What harm can flu do?

People sometimes think a bad cold is flu, but having flu can be much worse than a cold and you may need to stay in bed for a
few days.
Some people are more susceptible to the effects of flu. For them, it can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. In the worst cases, flu can result in a stay in hospital, or even death.


Am I at increased risk from the effects of flu?

Flu can affect anyone but if you have a long-term health condition the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well. You should have the free flu vaccine if you are:

  • pregnant

or have one of the following longterm conditions:

  • a heart problem
  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
  • a kidney disease
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
  • liver disease
  • had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • diabetes
  • a neurological condition, eg. multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability
  • a problem with your spleen, eg. sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
  • are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above).

Who is recommended to have the flu vaccination?

  • everyone aged 65 and over
  • everyone under 65 years of age who has a medical condition listed above, including children and babies over six months of age
  • all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
  • all two- and three- year-old children
  • all children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • all primary school-aged children in some parts of the country
  • everyone living in a residential or nursing home
  • everyone who is the main carer for an older or disabled person
  • household contacts of anyone who is immunocompromised
  • all frontline health and social care workers

For further advice and information about the flu vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

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