Rushton Pharmacy Harrow & Wembley
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Flu Jab Harrow

Flu vaccinations

Flu Jab are available at Rushton Pharmacy Harrow.

Here is some useful information on flu vaccinations for the Harrow area, its importance, and who should consider getting vaccinated. Read on to learn more about the flu jab and why it is crucial for your health.

What is the Flu Jab?

The flu jab, also known as the influenza vaccine, is a preventive measure against seasonal influenza. It contains inactivated flu viruses that help your immune system recognise and fight off the influenza virus strains prevalent during the flu season. By getting the flu jab, you reduce your risk of contracting the flu and experiencing severe complications.

When to Get the Flu Jab

Timing is crucial when it comes to receiving the flu jab. It is recommended to get vaccinated annually, ideally before the start of the flu season. In the UK, the flu season typically begins in the autumn, around October, and can last until early spring. By getting vaccinated early, you ensure that your body has enough time to develop immunity before potential exposure to the virus.

Is the Flu Jab Different for Over 65?

Yes, the flu jab for individuals aged 65 and above is slightly different. It contains an adjuvant that enhances the immune response in older adults, as the immune system weakens with age. This high dose vaccine provides better protection for seniors, who are at higher risk of developing severe flu-related complications.

What are the Side Effects of a Flu Jab?

Common side effects of the flu jab are typically mild and short lived. These can include a sore arm, mild fever, tiredness, and muscle aches. Serious side effects are rare but can occur. It’s important to consult with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or experience severe symptoms after receiving the flu jab.

How Long Does the Flu Jab Last For?

The flu jab provides protection for the duration of one flu season, which is approximately six to eight months. After this period, the effectiveness of the vaccine decreases, and you will need a new flu jab for the following season. Annual vaccination is crucial to ensure you have continuous protection against the evolving flu strains.

Importance of Getting a Flu Jab

Getting a flu jab is vital for several reasons. Firstly, it significantly reduces your risk of contracting the flu, especially severe forms that can lead to hospitalization or even death. Secondly, by getting vaccinated, you contribute to herd immunity, protecting vulnerable populations who may not be able to receive the vaccine themselves. Lastly, the flu jab helps minimize the burden on healthcare systems by preventing widespread flu outbreaks

Who Should Get the Flu Jab

The flu jab is recommended for various groups of people. These include:

  • Individuals aged 6 months and older
  • People with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease
  • Pregnant women
  • Healthcare workers
  • Children between 6 months and 5 years of age
  • People aged 65 and older

Flu Jab for High-Risk Individuals

High-risk individuals, such as those with weakened immune systems, chronic illnesses, or respiratory conditions, should prioritise getting the flu jab. They are more susceptible to complications if they contract the flu virus. The flu jab offers them a crucial layer of protection by reducing the likelihood of flu-related hospitalizations, severe illnesses, and potential complications. It is especially important for individuals with conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or those undergoing cancer treatment to receive the flu jab. Consult with your healthcare provider to determine if you fall into the high-risk category and discuss the most suitable flu vaccination options for you.

The Difference Between the Flu Jab and COVID-19 Vaccines

While both the flu jab and COVID-19 vaccines are vaccines designed to protect against respiratory viruses, they target different viruses and serve distinct purposes.

The flu jab focuses on protecting against various strains of the influenza virus. It helps prevent or lessen the severity of seasonal flu, reducing the chances of flu-related complications and hospitalizations. The flu jab is typically updated each year to match the most prevalent flu strains circulating during the flu season.

COVID-19 vaccines, on the other hand, specifically target the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. These vaccines are designed to prevent COVID-19 infection and reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death associated with the virus. COVID-19 vaccines have undergone rigorous testing and clinical trials to ensure their safety and efficacy

While the flu jab and COVID-19 vaccines serve different purposes, it is important to consider receiving both vaccinations if eligible. Protecting yourself against both the flu and COVID-19 can significantly reduce the burden on healthcare systems and help safeguard your health during these challenging times. Consult with your healthcare provider to discuss the recommended vaccination schedule and any specific considerations based on your individual health status

Flu Jab - Rushton Pharmacy Harrow HA3 0PS

Rushton Travel ClinicPharmacy and Vaccination Clinic is conveniently situated within walking distance from Preston Road Underground Station.

Harrow pharmacy and dispensing chemist Preston Road, Harrow, a 13 minute train ride from Northwick Park Hospital or 8 minutes in the car. The Preston Park Car Park is a short walk to the pharmacy.

Opening Hours

Mon 09:00 – 18:30
Tue  09:00 – 18:30
Wed 09:00 – 18:30
Thu. 09:00 – 18:00
Fri. 09:00 – 18:30
Sat 09:00 – 15:00
Sun CLOSED

Areas Served

  • Harrow
  • Wembley
  • Pinner
  • Rayners Lane
  • Greenford
  • Stanmore

Address

Rushton Pharmacy
275-277 Preston Road,
Harrow,
HA3 0PS