The Importance of the Flu Jab

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

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The Importance of the Flu Jab

As we head deeper into winter, it is impossible to ignore the amount of advertising being given over to the flu vaccination. Whether you have seen posters in your GP’s surgery, your local pharmacy or even on the television there is no escaping the fact that it is flu jab season. 

With countries like Australia and New Zealand, where they have their winter before us (and therefore their flu season!) having reported higher numbers of patients with flu this year compared to previous ones it is especially important to have your flu jab done. For those people in the at-risk groups flu can be deadly, and the best treatment of course if to prevent it in the first place if you can. 

Common cold or flu?

It is easy to get confused over whether you have a cold or the flu, but they are very different as anyone who has had flu will tell you. Both have some symptoms in common: a runny or blocked nose, sore throat, a cough amongst others but the flu virus can also bring with it fever and chills, headaches, aching muscles and severe tiredness.  The NHS recommend that anyone in the following at risk groups have the flu vaccination:
  • Anyone aged 65 or over
  • Expectant mothers
  • Those with certain medical condition 
  • Anyone who lives in a care facility
  • Those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person
  • Children aged 6 months to 2 years who are eligible – children over this age are generally offered the flu nasal spray vaccine rather than the flu jab
These individuals may have more trouble fighting off flu or be more at risk of passing it to someone who is vulnerable and would not be able to fight the flu virus effectively. 

Stay Well this Winter

The flu jab is a simple one-shot vaccination that can help to protect you against the most common strains of flu each year. Whilst not every case of flu will be severe for anyone who belongs to the at-risk group it certainly isn’t worth taking the risk, it can cause serious illness and in some cases even result in death. 

Make having the flu jab a part of your routine to help you stay well this winter. If you want anymore information about the flu jab then why not speak to your GP or local pharmacist -they are there to help you feel better and more able to enjoy the winter months.