At LloydsPharmacy, we’re here to help you and your family stay as healthy as possible. The only way to properly protect yourself, and those around you, from getting the flu is to have the flu jab.
Getting the flu vaccination won’t protect you from the coronavirus as it is a different virus, and a vaccine for it is currently being developed. However, The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends we all get the flu vaccine each year to help prevent the flu (1) and keep you and your family healthy all winter long.
Three things you need to know about the flu jab:
- The flu jab is the best protection against this year’s flu virus. It won’t stop all strains of it. So, there’s still a small chance of catching the flu.
- It takes 2-3 weeks to be fully protected against flu after your vaccination, so it’s best to get it as early as you can to be protected for as much of the season as possible.
- You cannot catch the flu from the flu vaccination because it contains inactive particles of the flu virus. If you do get the flu after receiving your jab, it’s likely to be because the vaccination hasn’t become fully effective or you have picked up a different strain of the virus.
How to get your flu jab:
- Book your flu jab in store at your local LloydsPharmacy or online.
- When you come in store for your jab, remember to wear a loose-fitting top with sleeves that can be rolled up easily for your appointment.
- During your appointment, our Pharmacist will check your details and make sure you’re okay to get the flu vaccination that day.
- You’ll be asked to stay for about five minutes after your vaccination to make sure everything is okay. Immediate side effects are very rare, and out Pharmacists are fully trained to manage all situations.
If you’ve previously had an allergic reaction to a vaccine, you are allergic to egg, or you’re feeling unwell on the day, you might not be able to get the vaccine. Speak to our Pharmacist about any concerns or questions you have.
4 ways we’re keeping you safe:
During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are working hard to ensure that our pharmacies are able to provide services, care and advice to you as safely as possible.
1. We’re providing the service in line with the government guidance on social distancing.
2. Our colleagues will be wearing the appropriate PPE.
3. We will be aiming to limit the time you spend in contact with our pharmacists in our consultation room. You may be asked to fill in any forms necessary outside of the consultation room. We may also ask for your consent to leave the door open to aid air flow, but if you need extra privacy we don’t mind shutting the door.
4. We will clean the consultation room before and after every appointment.
When you attend the pharmacy, please make sure you bring a face covering to use during the consultation.