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Flu Vaccination - Liverpool Road Pharmacy, St Helens

The flu is a common occurrence throughout the year, but the winter months pose the greatest risk for those who are more susceptible to developing the flu and its effects. The vaccination process against the common flu is something that occurs throughout September and October.

So before the season hits, make sure you book for your Liverpool Road Flu Vaccination.

Who is Affected by the Winter Flu?

Flu is known to be more severe in certain groups, for example:

 

-anyone aged 50 and over

-pregnant women

-children and adults with an underlying health condition or weakened immune system (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)

The Liverpool Road Pharmacy flu vaccination service is a vital service to anyone in these high-risk groups and is more likely to develop potentially severe complications of flu, such as the secondary bacterial infection pneumonia that can affect the lungs, so it’s recommended that they have a flu jab every year during flu season to help protect them.

You can have the flu vaccine at your GP surgery, but given the busy schedules that these surgeries have on a day-to-day basis. Every year, millions visit GP surgeries with minor health problems that a local pharmacy could help with. By visiting your pharmacy, you can help to keep our healthcare services running smoothly across the country. Imaan Healthcare pharmacies, including Liverpool Road Pharmacy, offer both NHS funded and private flu jabs to give everyone the option to receive the vaccine at a time that suits them.

Which Groups are Eligible for the Liverpool Road Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service in 2022/23?

In 2022/23, the eligibility criteria is reverting to pre-pandemic regulations. This means the following groups will be eligible:

– People aged 65 years and older

– People aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups

– All children aged 2 to 10 (not 11 years or older) on 31 August 2022

– Pregnant women

– Those in long-stay residential care homes

– Carers

– Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals

Those who are immunocompromised / in a clinical risk group will fit the following:

 

-chronic respiratory diseases, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis

-chronic heart and kidney disease, such as heart failure kidney disease at stage three, four or five

-chronic liver disease

-chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, learning disability

-diabetes

-immunosuppression, a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)

-asplenia or splenic dysfunction

-those who are morbidly obese

Health Tips for Those Who Have Received the Flu Vaccination

After getting vaccinated, good health practices also act as a line of defence against the winter flu. At Liverpool Road Pharmacy, our clinician tips for practising good health habits to avoid the flu:

-Avoid close contact with those who are sick, or show signs of flu,

-If you have flu symptoms, stay home from school or work for at least 24 hours,

-Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing to avoid transmission,

-Regularly wash your hands with soap for up to 20 seconds,

-Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands to ensure they are germ-free,

-Clean and disinfect surfaces that people come into contact with on a regular basis

Protecting those most at risk is particularly important and the best way to stop flu spreading is to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. Having a vaccine not only protects the individual, but it also stops the virus from spreading throughout the wider community. For more flu vaccination St Helens information, or to book your place, please click here.

The flu vaccine will provide protection for you for the upcoming flu season. People eligible for flu vaccination should have the vaccine each year.

It takes between 10 and 14 days for your immune system to respond fully after you’ve had the flu vaccine.

  • A sudden fever 38°C or above
  • A dry, chesty cough
  • Headache
  • Tiredness or exhaustion
  • Chills
  • Aching body
  • Diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • Nausea or being sick
  • Sneezing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Limb or joint pain

Liverpool Road Pharmacy does offer a flu vaccination service, head to your local Imaan Healthcare pharmacy for a seasonal flu vaccination, and be sure to check ahead to see if you could be eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination.

Flu Vaccines contain trace amounts of the virus in question, in this case, it’s flu. The traces are either dead or inactive so as to not cause the flu. Traditionally, this is administered via a flu jab, usually contained in a needle and gently injected into the arm. This helps create antibodies that’ll help you fight off the virus if you catch it.

If you are eligible for the NHS free flu vaccination service then you are entitled to free seasonal flu vaccinations here at Liverpool Road Pharmacy in St Helens. Otherwise, call in or see your nearest pharmacy for the latest price on flu vaccinations.

It is recommended that you receive a flu vaccination seasonally at Liverpool Road Pharmacy, since this will keep you healthy during the upcoming flu season. Immunising yourself via a Liverpool Road Pharmacy flu vaccination is the most effective way to combat the flu. 

Are you a business owner looking to order flu vaccinations for your employees? Click here to visit our corporate flu vaccination page: