The flu virus can be easily caught and transmitted, and without the vaccine, you could be susceptible to the most recent strains. By having the vaccine you’re able to boost your body’s protection against the flu and reduce your chances of catching it.
It’s important to have a flu jab every year, as new strains can often emerge, which your previous flu jab may not be able to protect against. The flu can be more harmful to some than others, which means that by having your flu jab you’re not only looking out for your own health but the health of the more vulnerable too.
Who Will Deliver The Flu Jab?
When you visit the Evolve Medical clinic in Leeds, the flu jab will be administered by our GP, Dr Ella Russell, during your five-minute appointment slot. You’ll need to arrive at least five minutes before your booked appointment time to ensure that you have time to fill out the necessary paperwork.
How Much Does The Flu Jab At Evolve Medical Cost?
To receive the flu jab at our private clinic, the cost is £19.
Once you have received your flu jab, you’ll need to stay onsite for at least 15 minutes before leaving, to ensure that you don’t suffer any delayed reactions to the vaccine.
Is The Flu Vaccine Suitable For Me?
As one of the main allergens used in the flu jab is egg, if you’re allergic to egg unfortunately you won’t be able to have the vaccine. If you do suffer an allergic reaction during the 15-minute waiting period, our team are fully equipped to support you and will ensure you receive any required medical attention swiftly.
What Are The Side Effects Of The Flu Jab?
When you’re given a flu jab, you’re receiving a small dose of the actual flu, which means you can experience some effects of the virus as a result. Often, these symptoms are less severe than if you were to catch the flu but it’s important that you’re aware of the side effects.
The first physical effect you’ll feel is a sore arm originating from the point that the vaccine was administered. To reduce the feeling of discomfort, it’s important to continually move your arm which will increase blood flow to the area and prevent stiffness.
Some of the other common side effects which you may experience as a result of the flu entering your system are:
- Muscle aches
While these symptoms should clear up in just a few days, if they persist please do seek medical attention.
What Will The Flu Jab Protect Against?
The flu is an easily transmittable illness which is caused by influenza viruses and can infect the nasal passages, throat and surrounding areas. By having the vaccine every year, you’re able to protect yourself against these conditions, however, it can take up to two weeks after receiving the jab for the vaccine to take effect.
The flu jab can also protect you against future infections, however, it won’t be able to cure you if you already have the flu at the point at which you have the vaccination.
I’m Feeling Unwell – Can I Still Have The Flu Vaccine?
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, it’s important that you wait for them to subside before receiving a jab. This is because your immune system is currently fighting a virus, and it may not be strong enough to produce the antibodies which are able to fight the flu.
Who Should Get A Flu Jab?
Adults of all ages can revive the flu vaccine. It is, however, recommended particularly to those over the age of 65. As we age, our immune systems become less effective, which means that the flu can be far more dangerous to the elderly. If you’re a young adult, it’s likely that your immune system will be able to protect you against the flu, however, a vaccination can prevent you from catching the virus completely.
Flu Jab FAQs
When receiving a vaccination, it’s common to have questions surrounding the jab and the procedure itself. To ensure that you have as much information about the treatment as possible, we’re answering some of the most frequently asked questions about flu jabs.
Is the flu jab safe?
There is no evidence to suggest that the flu vaccine causes serious illness. Different manufacturers can produce different versions of vaccinations, but all flu vaccines must comply with government safety requirements.
Can a flu jab give you the flu?
A flu jab can’t give you the flu as it only features an inactive version of the virus. This means that your body is able to react to the virus by creating antibodies, without being fully attacked by the virus itself. As your body battles with the inactive virus, this is what creates the side effects you may experience.
Should you get a flu jab if you’re pregnant?
If you’re pregnant you should get the flu vaccine as this can protect not only you, but also your baby, against the flu. It is safe to have the flu jab at any stage of pregnancy and won’t be harmful to you or your unborn child.
How long will a flu jab protect me for?
There isn’t a set time frame on how long a flu jab will protect you for as the virus is always evolving, which means that the flu jab you get this year is unlikely to protect you against next year’s strain. To ensure that you’re protected against the latest strain of flu, you should get a vaccine each year.
When should I avoid getting the flu vaccine?
If you have suffered a serious allergic reaction to the flu vaccine in the past you should avoid having one.