Imaan Healthcare - Flu Vaccination Service
The flu is a common occurrence throughout the year, but the winter months pose the greatest risk for those who are more susceptible to developing the flu and its effects. The vaccination process against the common flu is something that occurs throughout September and October.
Did you know you can get your annual flu vaccination at one of our Imaan Healthcare community pharmacies?
Who is affected by the winter flu
The flu jab is available every year to help protect adults, the elderly, children, and those considered “high-risk” from flu and its complications. In the last few years, millions of people have been saved from catching the flu thanks to the efforts of local pharmacies and community pharmacists.
Flu is known to be more severe in certain groups, for example:
- anyone aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition or weakened immune system (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
The flu vaccination service is a vital service to anyone in these high-risk groups and is more likely to develop potentially severe complications of flu, such as the secondary bacterial infection pneumonia that can affect the lungs, so it’s recommended that they have a flu jab every year during flu season to help protect them.
You can have the flu vaccine at your GP surgery, but given the busy schedules that these surgeries have on a day-to-day basis. Every year, millions visit GP surgeries with minor health problems that a local pharmacy could help with. By visiting your pharmacy, you can help to keep our healthcare services running smoothly across the country. Imaan Healthcare pharmacies offer both NHS funded and private flu jabs to give everyone the option to receive the vaccine at a time that suits them. If you would like more information on our flu vaccination service before your visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Which groups are eligible for the free flu vaccination service in 2021?
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown in March 2020, there are new additions to the ‘at-risk’ category for 2020 and into 2021. Social care workers, hospice workers, carers aged 18 or over, children aged 2 to 11, and household contacts of immunocompromised individuals who are aged 18 or over. For more information on the importance of flu vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can read our blog on the subject.
Other groups eligible for the flu vaccination service include people aged 50 years and over, pregnant women aged 18 or over (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season), people aged 18 or over living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities, and people aged between 18 and 50 years of age with one or more of the following medical conditions:
- chronic respiratory diseases, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis,
- chronic heart and kidney disease, such as heart failure kidney disease at stage three, four or five,
- chronic liver disease,
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, learning disability,
- immunosuppression, a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment),
- asplenia or splenic dysfunction,
- those who are morbidly obese.
Health tips for those who have received the flu vaccination
After getting vaccinated, good health practices also act as a line of defence against the winter flu. At Imaan Healthcare, our clinician tips for practising good health habits to avoid the flu:
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick, or show signs of flu,
- If you have flu symptoms, stay home from school or work for at least 24 hours,
- Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing to avoid transmission,
- Regularly wash your hands with soap for up to 20 seconds,
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands to ensure they are germ-free,
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that people come into contact with on a regular basis.
Protecting those most at risk is particularly important and the best way to stop flu spreading is to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy through the Flu Vaccination Service. Having a vaccine not only protects the individual, but it also stops the virus from spreading throughout the wider community. All your local Imaan Healthcare pharmacies will be stocking flu vaccinations in September 2021. If you would like to book your flu jab, you can find your local Imaan Healthcare pharmacy using the button below.