Flu Vaccinations Aberdeen

Get Your Flu Vaccination At Albyn Pharmacy, Aberdeen

At Albyn Pharmacy, we are able to offer flu vaccinations to those who would like to stay protected this flu season. It’s quick, easy and means you are less likely to catch the flu virus this season. So if you want to keep flu away, and make sure you stay fit, healthy, and ready for work, jus call us on 01224 582 085, or contact us online.

What is Flu?

Flu is a common infectious viral illness, which can be spread by coughing and sneezing. It can be a very unpleasant illness, however there are medications that can help easy some of the symptoms of Flu, such as lemsip, beechams, benylin and other cold and flu remedies. Flu symptoms are more severe than the common cold, and weakness and fatigue is more likely.

You can catch flu at any time of year, however  it is especially common in winter, hence the name “seasonal flu”. 

What are Flu Symptoms?

The main symptoms of flu include:

  • high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above 
  • tiredness and weakness 
  • headaches
  • general aches and pains 
  • a dry, chesty cough

Symptoms such as a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, and a sore throat – can also be caused by flu, but they tend to be less severe than the other symptoms you have.

Why Get A Flu Vaccine?

While Flu is generally not dangerous to people who are fit and healthy, it can cause many problems for elderly or other vulnerable people, who may not fight off the virus well. The NHS offers a free vaccination service for these affected groups, to make sure the impact of flu each year is minimal. The Flu vaccine is also available for people outside this group, and can help save holidays, or work weeks being disrupted by the flu virus. 

The Difference Between The Flu and a Cold

It can be difficult to tell if you have flu or just a cold, as the symptoms can be similar. However, there are difference that should help you know which you have. The main differences are:

Flu symptoms

  • come on quickly
  • usually include fever and aching muscles
  • severe symptoms, cause fatigue and make you feel unable to carry on your usual activities

Cold symptoms:

  • come on gradually
  • doesn’t usually cause aching muscles and feverish symptoms
  • mainly affect your nose and throat
  • are fairly mild, so you will still feel able to get up and about

Who Can Get The Free Flu Vaccine?

Flu vaccines available for free on the NHS are for the following groups:

  • Anyone over  65
  • Pregnant women
  • Overweight Patients (BMI over 40)
  • Anyone with underlying health conditions such as asthma, or other heart and lung diseases.
  • Children and Adults with weakened immune systems, perhaps due to radiotherapy or other conditions or treatments which can weaken your immunity.

 

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