Understanding the Different Types of Flu Vaccines Available in the UK

Flu Vaccination Service

Some people think that the flu is an inevitable and unfortunate part of life. The symptoms of the flu develop quickly and intensely, leaving people sick in bed for days at a time. While the average person may be able to recover from the flu without any complications, others may develop symptoms serious enough to require hospitalisation. They could even end up dying.

Many flu-related hospitalisations and deaths could have been mitigated by flu vaccination.

No vaccine is 100%, but even if you do become ill, a vaccination will prevent you from becoming seriously ill. This can make the difference between life and death for more vulnerable parts of the population.

Even if you aren’t considered at risk for the flu, getting vaccinated helps stop the spread of the virus throughout the community. Attending a flu vaccination service in Moreton-in-Marsh protects you, your loved ones, and everyone else around you.

Can I Get A Free Flu Jab?

Flu jabs are perfectly safe and are highly effective at preventing the flu. You need to get a new vaccine every year because strains evolve and change over time. Jabs are available through the NHS for eligible groups such as:

  • People over age 50
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain health conditions
  • Front line health workers

If you aren’t eligible for a free flu vaccine, you can obtain one privately at locations like Pharmacy to My Door’s community pharmacy.

Types of Flu Vaccines

Not all flu vaccines are the same. In the 2023-2024 flu season, three different types of flu vaccines will be available to adults: QIVe, QIVc, and QIVr. The main difference between them is who they were manufactured by.

Children are given a nasal spray flu vaccine that’s given into each nostril.

Adults over the age of 65 are offered a flu jab known as an ‘adjuvant,’ that helps boost your immune system against the virus. Older adults are at a higher risk of flu complications, so this vaccine gives them their best chances at avoiding the flu.

Flu Vaccination Service in Chipping Norton and Brailes

Pharmacy to My Door offers a seasonal flu vaccination service from September to March each year. In addition to providing free NHS jabs to eligible groups, we offer private flu vaccine appointments. Stay protected during flu season by booking online for our flu vaccination service in Kineton and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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