flu jab

flu jab

A popular term for a vaccine developed to protect against the strains of flu virus which are expected to be most prevalent during a particular winter. It provides 70–80% protection against the strains of flu included in the vaccination and lasts for a year. It is offered to people in at-risk groups (e.g., pregnant women and the elderly) who are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu.
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MYTH: The side effects of the jab are worse than the flu FACT - Some people may experience mild fever up to 48 hours after having the flu jab as their immune system responds to the vaccine, but this is NOT flu.
Scientists in the US found that the flu jab cut the odds of premature birth by around 70 per cent.
With flu rates increasing across the region, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) North West is urging eligible people to get the flu jab and for others to protect themselves.
HEALTH experts are calling on people aged 65 and over or those most "at risk" from flu to remember to get their free flu jab if they don't want to miss out on the Christmas and New Year festivities this year.
The reasons for this include the natural decline in our immune system as we grow older and the fact some people don't have their annual flu jab as they believe it causes flu (it can't).
Winter flu jab reminder WITH the cases of flu rising across Wales since New Year, I'd like to remind your readers that it's not too late to have your annual winter flu jab.
If you ask people about the flu jab, they will say it is only for the over 65s, pregnant women and those with an underlying health issue, such as diabetes or lung disease.
Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, is encouraging all carers to check with their GP to see if they're eligible for a free flu jab to reduce the risk to their own health and the person they care for.
PEOPLE wanting a flu jab can now head into a high street pharmacy for the vaccination.
AS flu season approaches Diabetes UK Cymru is recommending that Echo readers with diabetes take up the offer of a free flu jab.
The policy and information officer at Newcastle City Council is expecting her son in December and has had no hesitation in getting the flu jab to ensure she is not struck down with the potentially-fatal illness.