Flu Vaccination Service at Kevin Kelly Pharmacy

Flu Vaccination Service

If you are in an at risk group make an appointment today to get this years flu vaccine. If you are unsure about whether you should get the flu vaccination or not, then please call into us where we would be happy to discuss and assess you need for the vaccine.

If you are unsure about whether you should get the flu vaccination or not, then please call into us where we would be happy to discuss and assess your need for the vaccine.

Flu Vacine Facts

– There are two types of flu vaccines, the injection (killed virus) and nasal spray vaccines (containing live but weakened virus). – Each year, the influenza virus can change slightly, making the vaccine used in previous years ineffective. – The vaccine is generally effective against the influenza virus within two weeks of administration. – The vaccine is only effective against the strains of the virus that match the vaccine. – The effectiveness of the flu vaccine is dependent upon the extent of the match between the virus strains used to prepare the vaccine and those viruses in actual circulation. The age and health status of the individual also play a role in determining the effectiveness of the vaccine.

 

What is Flu?

The flu (or common flu) is a viral infection that is spread from person to person in secretions of the nose and lungs, for example when sneezing. Medically, the common flu is referred to as influenza. Flu is a respiratory infection, that is, an infection that develops primarily in the lungs. Respiratory infections caused by other viruses often are called flu, but this is incorrect. Influenza usually causes higher fever, more malaise, and severe body aches than other respiratory infections. Although other viruses may cause these symptoms, they do so less frequently.

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