The Flu is a highly infectious acute respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It can affect people of all ages with outbreaks occurring almost every year, usually in winter.
Flu is often self-limiting with most people recovering in 2-7 days. However, flu can be severe and can cause serious illness and death, especially in the very young and in the elderly.
The flu vaccine helps the person’s immune system produce antibodies to the flu virus. The vaccine starts to work within two weeks.
The most common side-effects and symptoms will be mild (e.g. headache, fever) usually lasting just one day. Your pharmacist will advise you on how to manage any symptoms.
The flu virus changes each year this is why a new flu vaccine has to be given each year.
Woodbine Pharmacy will be offering the QIV vaccine for 18-64-year-olds and the Fluad Vaccine for over 65s.
For those meeting the relevant criteria, the vaccine is free otherwise there is a cost of 35 euro. A member of staff can advise if you meet the relevant criteria to avail of this service free of charge.
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