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.
Who is Affected by the Winter Flu?
Flu is known to be more severe in certain groups, for example:
- Anyone aged 50 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 Imaan Healthcare 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.
Which Groups Are Eligible for the Imaan Healthcare Flu Vaccination Service in 2022??
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdowns, there are new additions to the ‘at-risk’ category for 2022. The new and updated list of those eligible for a flu vaccination is as follows:
- All children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2022
- Those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
- Pregnant women
- Those aged 50 years and over
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- Frontline health and social care staff employed by: a registered residential care or nursing home; registered domiciliary care provider; a voluntary managed hospice provider; Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants
Those who are immunocompromised/in a clinical risk group will fit the following:
- 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 practicing good health habits to avoid the flu include:
- 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. Having a vaccine not only protects the individual, but it also stops the virus from spreading throughout the wider community.