Woman who didn't get flu jab

It’s coming to the time of year when the weather turns colder, and we start to plan for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas. But, you don’t want to catch the flu when you’re trying to enjoy the season’s festivities, particularly if you’re spending time with family and friends.

Even at our fittest and healthiest, we can all catch flu and it can really knock you for six. Each year, there can be several different strains of the virus, with symptoms ranging from fever, headache, sore throat and aches and pains.

While it does usually clear up by itself after a week or two, the only way to properly protect yourself is to have a flu jab. Autumn is the best time to be vaccinated as it gives the maximum protection for the season.

The virus that causes flu changes every year, so even if you had the flu vaccine last year it won’t protect you from this year’s strain of virus.

Three things you need to know about the flu jab:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Book your flu jab in store at your local LloydsPharmacy.
  2. 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.
  3. During your appointment, our Pharmacist will check your details and make sure you’re okay to get the flu vaccination that day.
  4. 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.

With cold and flu season on the way, read our blog on how to look after yourself this winter.

Speak to a member of our healthcare team to find out more about the flu jab. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here.