Flu Vaccination Service
Get the Flu Vaccination in Longfield, Dartford and Gravesend
Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.
It can be very unpleasant, but you’ll usually begin to feel better within about a week. It’s a good idea to get vaccinated, that way you will have peace of mind knowing that you are protected this winter. You can get the Flu Vaccination in Longfield, Dartford and Gravesend by visiting Hodgson Pharmacy.
Flu is not the same as the common cold. Flu, also known as influenza, is caused by a different group of viruses and the symptoms tend to start more suddenly, be more severe and last longer.
Some of the main symptoms of flu include:
- a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
- tiredness and weakness
- a headache
- general aches and pains
- a dry or chesty cough
Flu can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better.
You can help stop yourself catching flu or spreading it to others with good hygiene measures.
Always wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water, as well as:
- regularly cleaning surfaces such as your computer keyboard, telephone and door handles to get rid of germs
- using tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- putting used tissues in a bin as soon as possible
You can also help stop the spread of flu by avoiding unnecessary contact with other people while you’re infectious. You should stay off work or school until you’re feeling better.
In some people at risk of more serious flu, an annual flu vaccine (see below) or antiviral medication may be recommended to help reduce the risk of becoming infected.
The Flu Vaccine
A flu vaccine is available for free on the NHS for:
- anyone over the age of 65
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or lung disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
The best time to have the vaccine is in the autumn, between September and early November. You should have the flu vaccination every year so you stay protected, as the viruses that cause flu change every year. Visit Hodgson Pharmacy to get your Flu Vaccination in Longfield, Dartford or Gravesend today.
If you would like to find out more about this service please contact us. We are always here to help.
Free for eligible NHS patients; Funded by NHS
Also available as a private service