Influenza (flu) is a seasonal viral infection that usually strikes between December and March. It can affect anyone. It is not a cold. You could spend a week or more with a headache, aching muscles, fever, shivering and complete exhaustion. Elderly people and those in the 'at risk' group are more likely to develop complications from flu such as pneumonia or nerve damage.
The best way to reduce your chances of getting flu is to have a flu jab. You need to have your jab each year to maintain your immunity, as the flu strain is always changing. The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn before flu starts circulating. But even if it’s later, it’s always worth getting vaccinated.
Flu vaccination is free for the over 65, or over 18s in an 'at risk' group as defined by the NHS. You will be offered the jab that's the most effective for you depending on your age and health. You can also pay £19.99 at the pharmacy to have your jab privately if you are not eligible for the free service.
This service is for patients who are either concerned that they may have contracted influenza or wish to enhance their protection if they have been in contact with someone that has flu. Antiviral medicine can shorten the length of an influenza infection if taken within 48 hours of initial symptoms appearing. It can also be used to reduce the chance of infection by up to 50%.
For the treatment of flu, a positive result is required from a rapid home test (sold separately in store for £5) to confirm a current infection. Treatment must begin within 2 days of the onset of symptoms and the course lasts for 5 days. For post exposure prophylactic prevention of flu, the course must begin within 2 days of exposure to an infected individual. The course lasts for 10 days. The protection against influenza lasts as long as the antiviral medication is taken.
This service is suitable from the age of one.
Please note that medication will only be supplied if considered appropriate after a consultation with a trained pharmacist. If medication is not supplied, a full refund will be given.