Fighting Flu Together | Carrigtwohill Pharmacy New Flu Vaccine Program
The Carrigtwohill Pharmacy team is always looking to find new ways to protect and promote the health and welfare of our loyal customers and the local community.
Flu season is just around the corner. Being concerned with the potential effects of the seasonal flu and the number of people in the community who will suffer from it, we wanted to create a program that would help prevent it and also educate our customers on it’s effects. As a result we are now offering Flu Vaccinations in our pharmacy.
- You HAVE a medical card and ARE in an at risk group.
- You have a medical card and are NOT in an at risk group
- You do not have a medical card but ARE in an at risk group
- You do not have a medical card and ARE NOT in an at risk group
Many of you may be wondering what is the seasonal flu and how it differs from a cold?
The seasonal flu or influenza is a highly infectious viral illness of the respiratory tract. Flu can be a very serious illness and in some cases may even be life threatening, especially for people aged 65 years or older, people with long term illness and pregnant women.
Many people mistake a cold for a flu but they are very different. It is important to be aware of the symptoms.
Flu symptoms come on suddenly with a fever, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. The symptoms can be quite debilitating and serious. A cold is less severe and serious. The symptoms for a cold include a sore throat and a blocked or runny nose, which usually come on gradually.
As a flu is a virus it cannot be cured. Once someone contracts the illness all that they can do is manage it and try to relieve some of the symptoms. The best option in the fight against the flu is to try to prevent it in advance by getting a flu vaccination.
Seasonal flu vaccines help the person’s immune system to produce antibodies to the flu virus. Flu vaccines are not a new medical breakthrough. They have been in existence for over 60 years and given to millions of people worldwide. The methods of administration and the vaccines itself have been expertly developed and continuously tested in order to maximise their safety and effectiveness. Reactions are generally mild and serious side effects are rare.
A common question we are asked is who should get the flu vaccine?
It is important to realise that everyone has the potential of getting the seasonal flu, regardless of age or gender. We would ask all our customers to consider getting a flu vaccine. However, the following groups are especially vulnerable and the potential symptoms are far more serious for them:
- Persons aged 65 years or over
- People with long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease
- People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment
- Persons with Down Syndrome
- Persons with Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40
- Pregnant women
- Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
- Healthcare workers and Carers
- People with regular close contact with poultry, waterfowl or pigs
Many people are concerned with the side effects of the vaccine
Firstly, it is important to be aware that there are side effects to the vaccine, the majority of which are very mild. It is also important to realise that the benefits of the vaccine far outweighs any potential side effects that you may experience.
Some of the more general side effects include:
- Swelling at injection site
In some rare occurrences some people may also experience similar symptoms to the flu such as:
It is important to realise this is not the flu and it will pass.
For anyone who is interested in receiving the vaccine or wish to discuss it further with a pharmacist, please call into Carrigtwohill Pharmacy and we will be happy to advise you and help you in any way we can.