Why is the Flu Vaccine Important this Year?

October 19, 2022

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Influenza vaccines, sometimes known as flu injections or flu jabs, are vaccinations that protect against catching the flu. New vaccine formulations are developed twice a year because the influenza virus changes swiftly. The flu vaccine is available through the NHS at a good number of pharmacies. Keep reading to learn how to get the flu vaccine in Manchester.

When should the flu jab be administered?

Autumn or the first few days of winter are the best times to get the flu jab prior to the flu virus spreading. However, you can still receive a vaccination in the future. The only way to ensure that you have long-term viral immunity is to get vaccinated.

Who can get the flu vaccine in Manchester in 2022?

The NHS provides flu vaccinations to people who:

– Are above the age of 65.
– Have particular health issues.
– Are pregnant.
– Are in long-stay residential care.
– Receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for a disabled or older person who may be at risk if you become sick.
– Live with someone who is more likely to contract a severe infection because of a compromised immune system, like someone who has HIV, someone who is having some treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis or who has had a transplant.
– Are frontline health workers.
– Are social care workers who can’t get the vaccine through an occupational health scheme at work.

Read more about flu vaccination eligibility here.

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Who is not eligible for the flu vaccine?

Many adults can receive vaccinations, but you shouldn’t if you’ve ever had a severe adverse reaction to one. The flu jab could cause a bad reaction if you have an egg allergy. This is because many flu vaccinations are made using eggs.

Consult your pharmacist if you need an egg-free or low-egg vaccination. If you are otherwise ill or have a fever, you should postpone getting the vaccination until you feel better.

How much does a flu vaccine cost?

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination through the NHS, schedule an appointment with your general practitioner or a pharmacy that provides the service. Private flu vaccines can range in cost. For additional information about the price, get in touch with us.

Furthermore, you might receive a vaccination invitation, but you are not required to wait until you do to make an appointment. Anyone who satisfies the qualifications is eligible for free immunisation.

Flu vaccine supplies are typically sent to pharmacies and medical facilities. Ask if you may book a consultation for a later date when there will be more vaccines available if you are unable to do so right away.

Why should you get the flu jab?

Every year, the flu vaccination is developed to offer the best protection possible against the flu viruses that are common during the winter. Because the flu virus is always changing, the vaccination must be updated often to offer optimum resistance.

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Where can I get the flu vaccine?

The NHS flu vaccine is typically available at:

– Your GP surgery
– Hospital appointment
– Your midwifery service if you’re pregnant
– A pharmacy offering the service

How effective is the flu vaccine?

Flu vaccines can prevent the main influenza virus strains, but becoming sick is still a possibility. Even if you do contract the flu after receiving a vaccination, it will probably be mild and go away fast.

The flu vaccination will lessen your chance of passing the illness to individuals who could be more vulnerable to severe complications.  The effects of the vaccine take 10 to 14 days to manifest.

Can students get the flu vaccine in Manchester?

Yes. This year, it is vital that students have their flu vaccinations. They should also acquire a COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose.

Flu outbreaks have occurred on college and university campuses. It is well known that the flu virus spreads quickly among teenagers, college students, and university students. Common living spaces, crowded schools, and group social activities all contribute to the spread of the virus.


What are the side effects of the vaccine?

The flu vaccine is quite effective. It does, however, have some negative effects like any other vaccine. Most side effects are minimal and last for one to two days on average. These include:

– Muscle pain
– Discomfort at the injection site

Is the flu vaccine worth having?

Getting vaccinated against the flu every year is the best way to prevent it. Even when a vaccine does not completely protect against infection, it can still shorten the duration and severity of the infection and help prevent serious complications including hospitalisation and sometimes even death.

Contact Heald Green Pharmacy today for more information and to book your appointment.

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This blog post was written on behalf of Heald Green Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor.