Protect against Flu this winter with our Flu Vaccine Service
At Dears Pharmacy we are here to help you this winter with our flu vaccination service. Our flu vaccination protects against four strains of flu. Our no appointment necessary gives you convenience to pop into our locations for your flu jab where our expert pharmacists will be here to help you prepare for winter.
What is flu?
Flu is a virus which means that antibiotics are ineffective. Therefore, people suffering from flu will need time to recover and let the body fight off the virus. The Flu virus is spread through particles in the air distributed by infected coughs and sneezes. Since we all breath the air, it is a perfect vehicle for spreading the virus, especially in areas where people work closely with others. The virus can also spread through contact, for example touching door handles or surfaces where the virus has been left by an infected person. Therefore, hand hygiene is so important in fighting the flu virus.
Symptoms of flu?
The symptoms of flu usually develop within one to three days of becoming infected. Most people will feel better within a week.
However, you may have a lingering cough and still feel very tired for a further couple of weeks.
- High fever
- Headache and muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Hot and cold sweats
- Nasal congestion
- Loss of appetite
Is it flu or a cold?
It can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have flu or just a cold, as the symptoms can be quite similar. The main differences are:
- come on quickly
- usually include fever and aching muscles
- make you feel too unwell to continue your usual activities
- come on gradually
- mainly affect your nose and throat
- are mild, so you can still get around and are usually well enough to go to work
When to vaccinate?
Vaccinations for flu are available from October each year. The best time to vaccinate is between October and November as flu is more prominent in the winter months. This will cover you for that year’s strain of flu.
Why vaccinate every year?
Every year there are different strains of flu. Once vaccinated, you are only covered for the strain of flu in the vaccine. The Department of Health issues recommendations each year regarding which strain of flu should be included in the vaccine. The pharmaceutical companies then produce this vaccine and distribute it for administration. All flu vaccines used by Dears Pharmacies are those recommended by the DOH.
There are 2 main types of flu viruses. More than strain may be circulating at any one time, and different strains can appear at different times in the flu season.
We use a Quadrivalent Flu Vaccin which is a 4-strain flu vaccine protects against four types of influenza – two viruses from the A class and two from the B class. The 3-strain vaccine only covers 3 strains of the influenza virus, but the 4-strain vaccine covers an additional flu virus strain, giving you broader coverage. The 4-strain vaccine has been shown to be more effective than the 3-strain vaccine in protecting against more serious cases of flu.
At Dears Pharmacy our pharmacists are on hand to provide our Enhanced Flu Vaccine with no appointment necessary. Protect against four strains of flu for £8 per vaccination across our pharmacies in Edinburgh & Fife.