You can get your flu vaccination at Medicare Chemists. We offer both the NHS free flu jab as well as a private jab if you are not eligible
Flu is a common, infectious, viral illness. You generally start to feel ill within a few days of being infected. Most people will recover within a few days to a week, but it can be very unpleasant, and you may feel so unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better.
Some people think of flu as just a bad cold, but it is different. It can be much more serious and in some cases may even lead to death. It is estimated that between 18,500 and 24,800 people in the UK die from flu annually.
If you contract the flu virus, you can infect other people before you have any symptoms or start to feel ill. This is important as it means you may infect other people before you even know you have the flu. You may even not show any symptoms at all - but still be contagious.
You can also pass on the virus up to 5 and 7 days after you become unwell. Children may stay contagious for longer than 7 days.
Flu is spread from person to person. Most experts believe it is spread through droplets, which are expelled when a person coughs, sneezes or even talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people up to 6 feet away and be inhaled into the lungs. Or, droplets may land on surfaces such as door handles, dishes, bed linen etc. and then be transferred to a person who touches these, then touches their own nose or mouth.
Vaccination is the most effective way to avoid catching flu. Many people are eligible for a free vaccination on the NHS (such as those at high risk with other health conditions, children aged 2-7, pregnant women, adults over 65 or carers).
You can get your flu vaccination at Medicare Chemists. We offer both the NHS free flu jab as well as a private jab.
Contact your local Medicare Chemist for more information.