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There's still time to get your flu jab

There's still time to get your flu jab

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:00am 29th December 2019.

It's not too late to get your flu jab in West Norfolk. 

It's that time of year again where coughs and colds are spreading around

If it's flu, it can be quite dangerous for people who are pregnant or have young children, the elderly or people with certain illnesses.

Which is why it's important you go and get your vaccine this December.


Risk Groups

  • Front line healthcare workers
  • 65 or over
  • Pregnant women
  • If you have a serious medical condition (particularly respiratory conditions)
  • If you live in a residential or nursing home
  • If your child is in an at risk group (6 months +)
flu jab vaccination needle

 

KLFM spoke to Libby McManus, the Chief Nurse at the QEH to bust some of those myths and FAQs surrounding the jab:

Can the vaccine give me flu?

"The simple answer to that is no it can't.

You might get a slight temperature and you might get some achy muscles for a couple of days afterwards.

Your arm might feel a bit sore after an injection - mine certainly did, just for a day - but flu vaccines have a really good safety record and you can't get flu from having the vaccine."

But I had the flu vaccine last year!

"You do need to have it again at some point. You should have it annually because the virus changes over time."

Isn't a cold and the flu the same?

"People have common colds and that's different. [The flu vaccine] doesn't protect you from a common cold. If you're having cold symptoms, runny nose, sore throat, and you're still at work you should make sure that you're taking sensible precautions to stop the spread."

So what is the difference between the common cold and flu?

"Telling the difference between cold and flu is tricky sometimes because they're similar but flu does tend to be more severe.

So a cold will tend to appear gradually, flu appears quickly within a few hours.

Flu affects more than just the nose and the throat and it makes you feel more exhausted and too unwell to carry on with your normal daily tasks."

If you would like to get your flu vaccine, you should contact your GP for more information.

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