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The Flu Vaccine
Is it Safe & Who Should Get it?
Nov 2021
The Flu Vaccine - Is it Safe & Who Should Get it?
Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes flu season. The flu vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself, as well as those around you; it is especially vital this year to help reduce the pressure on the NHS due to Covid. That’s why we have compiled this guide to who is eligible for a free flu vaccine, and why you should book your flu jab in Sheffield as soon as possible.
Who can have the free flu jab in Sheffield?

The criteria for who is eligible for the free flu vaccine changes every year; therefore, it is important to stay up-to-date. The groups that are eligible for this year’s free NHS vaccine are the following:

  • Those aged 50+
  • Those with certain health conditions
  • Pregnant individuals
  • Frontline health or social care workers
  • Those who receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for someone who is high-risk
  • What is classed as a long-term health condition?
    A long-term health condition includes conditions such as the following:

  • Having a weakened immune system as a result of medication, such as steroid tablets and chemotherapy
  • Having a weakened immune system due to conditions such as AIDS and HIV
  • Liver and chronic kidney disease
  • Heart conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s
  • Respiratory conditions, such as asthma and bronchitis
  • If your long-term health condition is not included within the extended list of groups on the NHS website, we recommend speaking to a medical professional. They should offer you the free vaccine if they determine that you would be at serious risk of flu-related complications.
    Is there anyone who shouldn’t have the flu jab in Sheffield?
    Generally, most adults are able to have the flu vaccine, however, you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to it in the past. Also, if you have an egg allergy, some vaccines are made using eggs; therefore, you may be at risk of an allergic reaction. In this case, you should ask your pharmacist for an egg-free or low-egg vaccine variant.
    Does the vaccine have any side effects?
    As far as vaccines go, the flu vaccine is extremely safe. Therefore, most side effects you may experience only last for a day or so. These include muscle aches, a sore arm where the needle went in, and a slightly higher temperature than normal. Any discomfort can generally be eased with painkillers or regular arm movement.
    Our Flu Jab in Sheffield
    If you are looking to get your all-important flu vaccine this season, we are here to help. We offer a free NHS flu jab in Sheffield for those included within the criteria above, before the 31st of March 2022. We would recommend booking your jab as soon as possible so that you don’t get caught out. You can find out more about the flu jab we offer, as well as booking your appointment on our service page.

    When it comes to staying healthy in the colder months, why wait to protect yourself?

    Book your flu vaccine with us today!

    Book Your Jab

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    This blog post was written on behalf of Totley Pharmacy by Carla Moore from Pharmacy Mentor.