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Our Pharmacist Anshu Bhimbat answers your healthcare questions.

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Why should I have a flu vaccine?

 

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Having a flu vaccination can help to protect you and your loved ones from

experiencing flu this winter. If more people get vaccinated, it will help ensure we all remain healthy for the festive period and have a healthy start to 2017.

We asked customers what they knew about flu and found that many were unaware of how quickly flu can spread. 52% of people thought that you were only contagious for 24 hours before showing symptoms when in fact it is

around 40 hours, which is nearly two days.

Just one person with flu can cause nearly 16,500 other people to become infected within two weeks. This figure is staggering and really makes you think about the people you come into contact with such as family, friends, colleagues, some of whom may be at greater risk such as over 65s, pregnant women and those with diabetes.

Having the flu vaccination means you are highly unlikely to experience flu this winter and you can protect those around you.