What is the flu vaccine?
The flu (influenza) vaccine contains inactive particles that stimulate the body’s natural immune response to build resistance to infection. Each year, the strains within the flu vaccine are updated on the recommendation of the World Health Organisation based on global information.
I got the flu vaccine last year, do I have to get it again this year?
Yes, each year the Flu virus changes. Hence a vaccination every year is required to keep up to date with the changing flu strands.
What will happen during my flu appointment
During your appointment, a trained pharmacist will administer a flu vaccination in a private room at the pharmacy. No prior prescription will be required, and appointments take only a few minutes, followed by a short observation period.
You will be asked to complete a consent form and you may be asked some questions about your existing health and any previous reactions you may have had.
What are the side effects?
The influenza vaccine can cause side effects. Common side effects may include:
Localised pain, redness. itching and swelling at the injection site
Drowsiness or tiredness
These symptoms usually resolve within two days but if you have any concerns, please speak to your Pharmacist or Healthcare Professional.
What aftercare is involved
We recommend that you remain in-store, or nearby, for 15 minutes after receiving your vaccination so that the Pharmacist can monitor any reactions, and answer any queries or concerns you may have.