Getting the Flu Jab: Colchester’s Flu Jab Service

Get your flu jab Colchester Pharmacy

You and your family can prepare for this flu season by getting the flu jab. Colchester and the surrounding area benefit from Dedham Pharmacy’s Flu Jab Service.

What is the flu?

The “flu” is the common name for the influenza virus. Influenza is a nasty virus causes symptoms such as high fever and shivers, aching body and head, sore throat and stomach pains.

If you are healthy, the flu is unpleasant and can take two weeks to recover from. But catching the flu can be more serious if you are in a high-risk group. 

What is the flu jab?

The flu jab is a vaccination against the influenza virus. Most people receive the flu vaccine as a single injection or jab. But children receive the vaccination in the form of a nasal spray.

Each flu season, different strains of flu virus are identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO). And it’s these strains that are included in the flu vaccine. In other words, the flu vaccine is tailor-made each year to help fight against the identified strains. This means you’ll need to have the flu jab each year to be protected.

The flu vaccine is the best protection against catching the flu. However, the flu vaccine won’t protect 100% but it will help you reduce the risk of getting the flu. Even if you have the jab and still get the flu, it’s likely to less severe and easier to recover from than if you hadn’t had the jab.

You can get your flu jab from your GP or from a pharmacy with the flu jab service.

So, it’s well worth getting the flu vaccine.

Who should have the flu jab?

Anyone can have the flu jab.

Having the flu jab will help protect you from catching and spreading the flu. It will also help prevent you from infecting other people in your family.

It’s ok to have the flu jab when pregnant or if you’re taking antibiotics.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t have the flu jab?

If you are currently unwell with a fever, you should delay getting the flu jab.

The flu vaccine includes egg products. So, anyone with an egg allergy will need to receive a special egg-free vaccine. Let your pharmacist or GP know if you have an egg-allergy when booking your flu vaccination.

Who is eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS?

The flu vaccine is offered for free for people in high-risk groups. You are in a high-risk group if you are in one of the following categories:

  • Adults over the age of 65
  • Primary school children
  • Children aged between 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019
  • Frontline health or social care workers
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or chronic heart disease.

Studies increasingly show the benefit of having the flu jab, particularly in the over 65 age group. Having the annual flu jab may reduce the risk of stroke by 24% and reduce the risk of early death in those with high blood pressure by 18%.

Your pharmacist will check if you qualify for a flu vaccination on the NHS. If you don’t qualify for a free flu jab, you can still have the flu jab privately. And you can also get your free flu jab from your pharmacist which may be more convenient than visiting your GP surgery. 

When should I have the 2019 flu jab?

The best time to have your flu jab is from early October to the end of November. This is the ideal time but you can have it later during the winter.

What are the flu jab side effects?

The flu jab is a safe and effective method of fighting the flu. If you experience any flu jab side effects, they are likely to be mild. 

Following the injected vaccine, the side effects may include:

  • mild fever
  • aching muscles
  • Soreness at the site of the injection in your arm 
  • Loss of appetite

The nasal spray given to children may give different side effects:

  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite

Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare.

Where to get the flu jab in Colchester

For the flu jab Colchester residents can benefit from Dedham Pharmacy’s flu jab service. You can book a flu jab appointment online using our booking system. 

Dedham Pharmacy is located on the High Street, Dedham and is dedicated to serving the population of Colchester, Boxted, Langley and surrounding areas.

Your Yellow Fever Vaccination in Colchester

If you’re looking for a yellow fever vaccination Colchester has its own travel clinic at Dedham’s Pharmacy. Dedham Pharmacy’s travel clinic offers a wide range of vaccinations including yellow fever. So, what is yellow fever and who should be vaccinated against it?

What is Yellow Fever?

Yellow fever is a serious viral disease that is common in humid and tropical countries.

The symptoms of the disease can be similar to flu with a high fever and aches in the muscles and joints.  The skin and eyes of people suffering from yellow fever will also become jaundiced and yellow in colour, giving this disease its name.

Mosquito bites spread yellow fever.  The mosquitos become infected with the yellow fever virus after biting an infected human or monkey. They then pass the virus onto whoever they bite.

Yellow fever epidemics can occur in dense populations with low vaccination rates. However, it cannot be spread from person to person.

Yellow fever can be deadly but luckily there is a very effective vaccination available.

Who should have the yellow fever vaccine?

If you are planning to travel to a tropical or sub-tropical country, you may need to be vaccinated against yellow fever. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America and also the Caribbean are most likely to be in the yellow fever zone. You can find out more about which countries have yellow fever vaccination requirements at the Travel Health Pro website.

Most people can safely receive the yellow fever vaccination. However, there are some exceptions:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Babies under 9 months
  • People over 60 years of age
  • People with weakened immune systems such as those currently undergoing chemotherapy
  • Anyone who is allergic to the vaccine ingredients including people with an egg allergy
  • People with thymus gland conditions

It may be possible to obtain a certificate of exemption for some of the above conditions. However, pregnant or breastfeeding women or people with babies under 9 months are advised to delay their trips until a vaccination can be given.

In order to travel to some countries, a yellow fever vaccination may be mandatory. If you are unsure if you require a yellow fever vaccination, please contact the Dedham Pharmacy Travel Clinic for advice.

It is important to take steps to prevent mosquito bites even if you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. This is because mosquitos can carry other diseases.

Yellow fever vaccination colchester
You may require a yellow fever vaccination for travel to the Caribbean including for cruise holidays.

How can I book a yellow fever vaccination at Dedham Pharmacy?

You can book an appointment online via our travel vaccination booking service. We also offer walk-in appointments.

It’s important to note that you will need to receive your yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before you travel. So, please take this into account when booking your appointment.

What can I expect from my yellow fever vaccination appointment?

The service will be provided in a private consultation room. Our specially trained staff will talk you through the procedure including the possible side effects. All vaccinations carry risks but generally, these side effects are no worse than having a headache or fever for a couple of days.

The yellow fever vaccination is as one injection into the upper arm. The yellow fever vaccination is a single-dose vaccine meaning it does not require a course of injections or follow-up appointments to be effective. The vaccination area may remain tender for a couple of days after receiving the dose.

Yellow fever vaccinations give lifelong protection. However, some people may occasionally require booster doses of the vaccine.  Once you have received the yellow fever vaccine, you will be issued with a vaccination certificate.

How do I get a yellow fever vaccination certificate?

Vaccination certificates are only available at a yellow fever vaccination centre, such as Dedham Pharmacy. The pharmacist issues the vaccination certificate after they give you the yellow fever vaccine. 

The certificate will be valid from 10 days after your vaccination. This is to ensure that the vaccine has had time to become effective before you travel.

Yellow fever vaccination colchester and local area by Dedham Pharmacy Travel Clinic.
It’s good to avoid both lion and mosquito bites when on safari in Africa.

Your travel clinic for Yellow Fever Vaccination Colchester, Langham and Boxted

Dedham Pharmacy’s travel clinic in Colchester offers a range of travel services to Colchester and the local area, including Langham and Boxted.  If you are planning a trip to a country in the yellow fever zone, it is likely that you will also need medicine to stop you from getting malaria. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to provide you with these drugs at your yellow fever vaccination appointment.

Getting the correct travel vaccinations is very important for protecting yourself and your loved ones. So, if you have any doubt about which vaccinations you need please speak to one of our consultants about the yellow fever vaccination.

Colchester and the areas of Langham and Boxted are proudly served by Dedham Pharmacy – the heart of a healthy community.

We can also serve the populations of:

  • Ardleigh
  • Lawford
  • Stratford St Mary
  • Manningtree
  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Walton-on-the-Naze
  • And more of the surrounding areas

    This post was written on behalf of Dedham Pharmacy by Nicola of Pharmacy Mentor.