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Flu Vaccinations

Winter Flu Vaccination Service 2023

We offer a private flu vaccination service for those aged 12 years and over.

Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people. Whilst flu is unpleasant for most people, it can make some people seriously ill. Vaccination offers you the best protection from flu.

Medwyn Travel Clinic is offering the quadrivalent flu jab, which protects against the four most common strains of the flu. The vaccination costs £16.99.

Winter Flu Vaccine

£ 16
99
  • Convenient appointments
  • Affordable
  • Safe and effective protection

Why is the flu vaccination important?

The flu vaccination is important because, while flu is unpleasant for most people, it can be dangerous and even life-threatening for some people, particularly those with certain health conditions.

Vaccination gives the best protection against flu. There are different strains of flu virus. The strains of flu that are most likely to cause illness are identified in advance of the flu season. Flu vaccines help protect against the main types of flu viruses, although there is still a chance you might catch flu.

If you do get flu after being vaccinated, it is likely to be milder and not last as long. Having a flu vaccine may help stop you spreading flu to other people who could be more at risk of serious problems from flu.

 

How effective is the flu vaccine?

The effectiveness of the flu vaccination will vary from year to year, depending on the match between the strain of flu in circulation and that contained in the vaccines. Even if the vaccine is not a perfect match it will usually offer some protection. Vaccination gives you the best protection against flu, lasting throughout the flu season.

 

If you had the flu vaccination last year do you need another one this year?

The flu viruses can change from one year to the next. Flu vaccines are updated for each winter to give protection against the strains of flu that are most likely to be circulating. Therefore, it is recommended that even if you were vaccinated last year, you should be vaccinated again this year.

 

If you think you’ve already had flu – do you need a vaccination?

Yes. The flu vaccine will still help protect you. Other viruses can give you flu-like symptoms, or you may have had flu but because there is more than one type of flu virus you should still have the vaccine even if you think you have had flu.

 

What are the symptoms of flu?

The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover within 2 to 7 days, but for some, the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.

 

What are the causes of flu?

Flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect the windpipe and lungs. Because flu is caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics cannot be used to treat it. However, if there are complications from flu, antibiotics may be needed.

 

How long does it take for the flu vaccine to work?

It can take 10 to 14 days for the flu vaccine to work.

 

How do you catch flu?

When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they spread the flu virus in tiny droplets of saliva over a wide area. These droplets can then be breathed in by other people or can be picked up by touching surfaces where the droplets have landed.

You can prevent the spread of the virus by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and you can wash your hands frequently or use hand gels to reduce the risk of picking up the virus. However, the best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts.

 

Are there any side effects from the flu vaccine?

Flu vaccines are very safe. All adult flu vaccines are given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm. Most side effects are mild and only last for a day or so, such as:

  • A slightly raised temperature
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore arm where the needle went in. This more likely to happen with one of the vaccines for people aged 65 year and over.

To help reduce any sides effects, you should continue to move your arm regularly and take a painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (some people, including those who are pregnant, should not take ibuprofen unless recommended by a doctor.)

 

Who is at increased risk from the effect 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 flu vaccine if you are:

  • Pregnant

or have a long-term condition such as:

  • A heart problem
  • A chest complaint or serious breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or some people with 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, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
  • A learning disability
  • A problem with your spleen, such as sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
  • You are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above).

 

Who should not have the flu vaccine?

Most adults can have the flu vaccine but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.

You may be at risk of an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine injection if you have an egg allergy. This is because some flu vaccines are made using eggs.

If you’re ill with a high temperature, it is best to wait until you are better before having the flu vaccine.

 

What happens at the appointment?

One of our nurses will inject the flu vaccine into your upper arm. There may be some side effects but these are usually mild and should disappear within a day or two. The most common side effects include:

  • Redness, soreness or bruising at the injection site
  • A high temperature, sweating, shivering or feeling unwell
  • Headaches, fatigue or dizziness
  • Aching muscles or joints.

It is very rare for anyone to have a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to the flu vaccine. If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes. Our nurses are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

 

For further information:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-who-should-have-it-this-winter-and-why/the-flu-vaccination-who-should-have-it-and-why

www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-leaflet-for-people-with-learning-disability