October is the perfect time for your annual flu jab. The 1st Contact travel clinic is fully stocked and offering the annual immunisation at only £15. Do not leave your flu jab for the beginning of winter, when the virus will be spreading already.
What is flu?
Flu, also known as influenza, is highly infectious. It spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people already carrying the virus. The symptoms hit you suddenly and severely; they can include fevers, chills, headaches and aching muscles, a cough, and a sore throat.
Flu is debilitating and unpleasant – but more importantly, it can lead to other serious illnesses, like bronchitis and pneumonia, especially among the elderly.
What is the flu jab?
At the start of each year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) analyses information from flu laboratories around the world to determine which three flu strains or viruses are likely to be the greatest threat in the coming year. A vaccine is then developed which is estimated to provide 70-80% protection against these viruses.
Most people experience no side effects, but in rare cases, slight fever and muscle pain may be experienced after the shot.
Who should have the shot?
The people who are most at risk are the elderly, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, those who live or work in nursing homes, or those involved in any form of patient care. However, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of contracting flu this winter should consider having a flu jab.
Where can I find it?
The flu jab is rumoured to be in short supply this year, and you can pay as much as £30 in London. The 1st Contact travel clinic in New Oxford Street is stocked up with vaccines, and currently offering them at £15.
Call 0808 141 5506 and quote “£15 Flu Jab Offer” when you make your appointment.
For more information, visit www.1stcontact-travelclinic.com.