Flu Jab Benefits

A Flu vaccination, commonly known as the ‘flu jab’, is available to protect people at risk from flu and its complications every year on the NHS.

‘One of my customers asked for some advice about having a flu jab; she had just found out that she is pregnant and a friend told her that she should have a flu jab.’

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise fit and healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week to 10 days. However, flu can be more severe in at risk people, such as:
  • Anyone aged 65 and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Children and adults with an underlying health condition for example a long-term heart condition, respiratory conditions such as Asthma and Diabetes
  • Children and adults with weakened immune systems.

People in these at risk groups are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu such as pneumonia.

The flu jab is given free on the NHS each year to:

  • At risk adults over the age of 18, including everyone aged 65 and over
  • Children aged six months to two years at risk of flu.

The flu vaccine is given on the NHS as nasal spray to:

  • Healthy children aged two, three and four years old as well as children in school years one and two
  • Children aged two to 17 at particular risk of flu.

‘Where can I get a flu jab?’

You can have your NHS flu jab at:

Many community pharmacies now offer flu vaccination to at risk adults, including pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, people with long-term health conditions and carers.

A flu jab is your best protection against the virus that can cause severe illness and even death among at risk groups of people.

Studies have shown that the flu jab does work and will help prevent you getting flu. It won’t stop all flu viruses and the level of protection will vary between people, so it’s not a 100% guarantee that you will be flu-free. However, if you do get flu after vaccination it is likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been. 

‘Are there any side effects from the flu jab?’

Serious side effects of the flu jab are very rare. You may have a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the jab, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.

The best time to have a flu jab is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to early November. Don’t worry if you have missed it, you can have the vaccine later in the winter. Speak to your pharmacist or GP.

If you have a long-term health condition, are pregnant or aged 65 and over, catching flu could make you seriously ill and increase your risk of complications such as pneumonia.

Don’t let flu ruin Christmas for you and your family; visit your local Alphega pharmacy for a flu jab today.

To find your local Alphega Pharmacy, please use our Pharmacy Locator to find your nearest Alphega Pharmacist and ask them for further advice.


Find out more about getting your flu jab 
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