Flu Jab

Each year when the Flu jab campaign kicks in, I book an appointment at my local pharmacy or GP to receive the vaccination.  As someone with a chronic condition who takes immunosuppressants daily, it’s important that I protect myself as soon as the winter months begin and the flu does its rounds as I’m more… Read more »

by RachelMitchell 11 months ago

Each year when the Flu jab campaign kicks in, I book an appointment at my local pharmacy or GP to receive the vaccination. 

As someone with a chronic condition who takes immunosuppressants daily, it’s important that I protect myself as soon as the winter months begin and the flu does its rounds as I’m more likely to catch it with an already compromised immune system. If I was to get the flu without being vaccinated then it’s possible that I would become really unwell, I could develop a serious illness such as pneumonia or bronchitis and take longer to fully recover.

If you fall into a particular criteria, like I do with my condition and lowered immunity, then you are eligible to receive the vaccination for free.

You can also receive the flu vaccination on the NHS if you fall into one of these categories:

  • Adults 65 and over

  • Certain medical conditions

  • Pregnant women

  • Children aged 2 & 3 on 31 August 2019

  • Children in primary school

  • Frontline health or social workers

Otherwise there is a small charge to get it privately but you will find a number of local pharmacies or supermarket pharmacies that offer it.

It’s not essential for everyone to be vaccinated but it is recommended for those who are at risk of complications if they get the flu and those that work closely or live with vulnerable or at-risk people. By being vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself but others around you too. 

For anyone worried about it, here are some facts:

  • It is not a live vaccination so cannot cause the flu

  • You can have the vaccine while taking antibiotics

  • It takes around 14 days for your immune system to respond post-vaccine

  • You can have the vaccine if you are breastfeeding or pregnant 

For more information about the vaccination, visit the NHS website or pop into your local pharmacy.