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What is Influenza (flu)?
Influenza, more commonly known as "flu", is easily transferred from person to person and through coughing and sneezing.
Every year the Influenza virus which causes flu changes. This means that even if you have had flu last year the chances are that you could get it again this year.

Seasonal flu is normally at its peak between the months of October and February.
 
Symptoms of flu?
Below is a list of the symptoms that a flu sufferer may have. However some patients may suffer only some of those listed below.
  • High temperature or fever which could have a sudden onset.
  • Headache
  • Coughing which could be dry or chesty
  • Sneezing
  • Diarrhoea or upset stomach
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Blocked and or runny nose
How long do the symptoms last?
Your symptoms will usually peak after two to three days and you should begin to feel much better within five to eight days. However, you may have a lingering cough and feel very tired for a further two to three weeks.
 
What is swine flu?
Swine flu is caused by a particular strain of influenza, a virus which is called influenza A (H1N1v).
 
How can the Flu vaccination from Hounslow East Pharmacy help you?
The vaccine administered by specially trained pharmacists at Hounslow East Pharmacy helps protect against both seasonal flu and swine flu.
 
Do I need to book an appointment?
We can normally vaccinate most customers as walk in patients. However we do recommend you call us before coming in to ensure the trained pharmacists are on duty.
 
How much does the service cost?
Each vaccination costs 10.

Corporate discounts are available; please call us for further information.
 
Can I not get vaccinated for free on the NHS?
You may be entitled to a free NHS flu vaccination from your GP if:
  • You are pregnant


  • Aged 65 or over


  • Or if you have any of the following conditions: diabetes, lung disease including asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment) or removal of the spleen, or chronic neurological disease.


  • You are a Front-line healthcare worker,resident of nursing or residential home, person who is in receipt of a carer's allowance or those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
All other individuals are not covered by the NHS flu vaccination programme.
 
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