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Flu Shot | Should I Get A Flu Shot | Are There Any Flu Shot Side Effects


Flu shot or flu jab. This video is on should I get a flu shot, flu vaccine ingredients, flu shot side effects and ingredients.


This weeks video is all about the flu vaccine. It's important to make more people aware of the potentially devastating consequences of flu, vaccination is currently the only protection we have against it. A special thank you to Dr Amir Khan for being so helpful with this weeks video.


FLU VACCINE OVERVIEW:

The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.


Flu can be unpleasant, but if you're otherwise healthy, it'll usually clear up on its own within a week.


But flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:


• Anyone aged 65 and over

• Pregnant women

• Children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)

• Children and adults with weakened immune systems


Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.


WHO SHOULD GET THE FLU VACCINE (RISK GROUP):

The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:


• Adults 65 and over

• People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)

• Pregnant women

• Frontline health or social care workers

• Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019

• Children in primary school

- For more information on the children's flu vaccine please view our video from last month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc5YyFNh4AQ


For the full at risk group who should have the flu vaccine please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/#flu-vaccine-for-people-with-medical-conditions


WHERE TO GET THE FLU VACCINE:

You can have your NHS flu vaccine at:


• Any pharmacy offering the service

• Your GP surgery

• Your midwifery service if they offer it for pregnant women


FLU VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS:

Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare.


You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.


Find out more about the side effects of the flu vaccine: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-vaccine-side-effects/


HOW EFFECTIVE IS THE FLU VACCINE:

Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition.


Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu.


It will not stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it's not a 100% guarantee that you'll be flu-free.


But if you do get flu after vaccination, it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.


There's also evidence to suggest that the flu vaccine can reduce your risk of having a stroke.


Over time, protection from the injected flu vaccine gradually decreases, and flu strains often change.


New flu vaccines are produced each year, which is why people advised to have the flu vaccine need it every year, too.


WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE THE FLU VACCINE:

Very few people are unable to have the flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to the flu vaccine in the past. For more information on this and egg allergies as explained in the video please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-shouldnt-have-flu-vaccine/


WHEN TO HAVE THE FLU VACCINE:

The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to the end of November.


But do not worry if you have missed it, as you can have the vaccine later in winter. Ask a GP or pharmacist.




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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.


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