Flu Vaccinations

Written by Kiranjit Matharu, Clinical Pharmacist

What is the flu?

Influenza (the ‘flu) is an infectious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms can vary in severity, but commonly include a high temperature, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, muscle and joint pain, headache, and lethargy. Symptoms tend to begin two days after contracting the infection and usually last less than a week. The infection can be particularly serious, even deadly, especially for certain at-risk groups, including the elderly, those with chronic illness, and those with a weak immune system.

What is the importance of getting a flu vaccine?

People who are most at risk from complications of flu are recommended to get a flu vaccine every year. This winter, it is especially important as both flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) are in circulation. We want to ensure we protect those at risk to minimise further impact on the NHS and the population at large. To see those who are deemed to be at high risk, please click here.

What is One Stop Pharmacy doing to ensure that you are prepared?

Due to national supply and demand issues for the flu vaccine, One Stop Pharmacy have placed advanced orders with their wholesalers and directly from the manufacturers, which will be distributed to our organisations where requested to ensure as many staff and service users are protected. In each instance, we will contact organisations directly to discuss specific arrangements.

Where to find more information on the flu and the flu vaccination programme

To find more information on the flu, such as the symptoms and treatment options, as well as information on the vaccination programme, please click here.