Flu Jab vs. Nasal Spray: Choosing the Right Option

Deciding between flu jab and nasal spray for optimal protection

    The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your local community against the flu. Even if you don’t become seriously ill from the flu, the intense symptoms can cause several days of disruption to your life.

    Pharmacy to My Door offers a flu vaccination service in Chipping Campden and at our other locations. Most people opt for the traditional flu jab, but there is also a nasal spray that available for certain groups of people.

    The Flu Jab

    The flu vaccine, or flu jab, is given as a one-off injection into your upper arm. It’s designed to protect you against the most recent strains of the flu virus. Full protection should kick in around 2-3 weeks after you receive it.

    The flu jab can be given to most adults and children over the age of 12. It’s generally safe for pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions. Those who may not be suitable for the flu vaccine are:

    1. People who have had an allergic reaction to previous flu vaccines
    2. Those with an egg allergy
    3. People with a high temperature

    Depending on your age, you may be recommended a flu vaccine that gives you enhanced protection. Your risk of flu complications increases as you get older so these jabs can give you the extra boost you need to stay healthy during flu season.

    The Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine

    There is also an effective nasal spray flu vaccine. The nasal spray flu vaccine uses a weakened form of the flu virus that’s designed to react to the cooler temperatures within the nose.

    Even though the nasal spray is often administered to children, it can be given to people aged 2 years to 49 years of age. It shouldn’t be given to some groups of people, however, such as:

    1. Pregnant women
    2. Children under 2
    3. Adults 50 and older
    4. Those with a weakened immune system
    5. People without a spleen
    6. Children with asthma
    7. People with certain health conditions

    Which is Right For Me?

    The type of flu vaccine you receive will depend on factors like your age, health, and local availability. You can contact your GP as well as speak to one of our pharmacists regarding the flu vaccination service in Kineton to discuss your options. Once you’re ready to get your vaccine, simply click here to book an appointment at a time and place that best suits your schedule.

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