Most people do not consider flu to be a serious illness; however, this is a dangerous misconception. Flu deaths vary from year to year, but they are usually much higher than people realise. Anyone can get the flu, and it can be extremely unpredictable, leading to serious, life-threatening complications in some cases.
When we think of the flu in the UK, we’re thinking of the flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, which runs from late September to March the following year. The flu vaccine provides the best protection against the virus.
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Yes, getting the flu shot every year is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.
This is especially important for people who have health issues that put them at a higher risk of health problems. Because the flu strains in circulation change each year, the vaccine from the previous year may not contain the current year’s dominant strains, providing much less, if any, protection against the flu you might catch. Because flu immunity is short-lived, an annual flu shot is required for maximum protection.
Ideally, you should get vaccinated before coming into contact with the flu virus.
Flu vaccines take 14-21 days to reach full protection, so the sooner you get your flu vaccine, the better. Vaccinations become available at the end of September, and October and November see a surge in interest.
Yes. Vaccinating children is critical because it not only protects them but also prevents them from spreading the flu virus to others.
In the media, children are frequently referred to as “super spreaders” of the disease. The flu vaccine can be given to babies as young as six months old, but some parents prefer the needle-free nasal flu spray. The nasal spray is suitable for children aged 2 to 18.
Vaccination protects the person who has been vaccinated by creating antibodies, but it is not the only purpose of vaccination in society.
When the majority of a population is vaccinated, it provides protection to those who are either unable to receive a flu vaccine or whose flu vaccine is ineffective. We should consider how the flu vaccine benefits the larger community in which we live, and keep in mind that even healthy and young people can develop complications from the flu.
The use of masks has contributed to the decline in respiratory conditions, but they have not vanished completely.
Because the population’s immunity to the flu will have decreased due to less exposure, overlapping layers of protection will be necessary for maximum protection this year. We strongly advised that everyone get a flu shot as they have in previous years to boost their immunity and protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu.
During the flu season of 2021/2022, the quadrivalent flu vaccines will include the following strains:
pdm09-like virus or a pdm09-like virus Virus A/Hawaii/70/2019 (H1N1)pdm09;
A virus similar to A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2);
Like viruses B/Washington/02/2019 (B/Victoria lineage) and B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage).
For pregnant women, flu vaccines are extremely safe. A flu vaccination given to the mother during the second or third trimester protects the newborn, making it not only safe and recommended for the month, but also offering some protection to the baby against the virus. This is significant because flu vaccinations are only recommended for infants aged 6 months and up.
Yes, because you can’t say you’ve never had the flu until you’ve had it. Just because you haven’t had the flu up to this point doesn’t mean you won’t get it in the future. The vaccine won’t give you 100 percent protection, but if you do get sick, your symptoms will most likely be milder. Not only that, but flu vaccinations protect those you care about, those you work with, and those in your community who are vulnerable.
Yes. For those with severe egg or chicken protein allergies, we offer cell-based vaccines at My London Pharmacy Clinic. It’s a quadrivalent flu vaccine that protects against the same four strains as the standard flu vaccine.
Yes, albeit it is usually released later in the season than the injectable influenza vaccination. We start giving flu shots at the end of September, but nasal flu spray is usually available in late October/early November.
It’s best to wait until you’re feeling better before getting vaccinated if you’re currently sick or unwell. Vaccination is recommended for babies under the age of six months, but we encourage mothers to get vaccinated while still pregnant so that some immunity can be passed on to the newborn during this time. Those with complex health needs or allergies to any of the flu vaccine’s ingredients should consult one of our GPs to see if they are eligible for the flu vaccine.
Because the flu vaccine isn’t a live vaccine, you can’t get the flu from it. Vaccination has few to no side effects for the majority of people. A reaction at the injection site is the most common side effect. Tenderness, redness, and slight swelling are possible symptoms. This usually goes away in a day or two, and because the flu vaccine is usually administered in the patient’s non-dominant arm, there are no complications. Headache, muscle aches, low-grade fever, and/or nausea are some of the other possible side effects. These are, once again, transient, lasting no more than 1-2 days. Rest and paracetamol are typically recommended. Severe side effects are extremely uncommon.