Over 25% are now vaccinated against flu

Staff getting flu jabs

Great to see so many of you getting your flu jabs across the region - over 25% of our workforce are now vaccinated.

It’s not too late to get yours. Check out your local flu clinics on East24 or email flu@eastamb.nhs.uk for mobile clinics.

But do you have questions about the flu jab? Do you think the jab gives you flu?

Having flu is just like having a heavy cold
A bad bout of flu is much worse than a heavy cold. Flu symptoms come on suddenly and sometimes severely. They include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles, as well as a cough and sore throat. You're likely to spend two or three days in bed. If you get complications caused by flu, you could become seriously ill and have to go to hospital.

Having the flu vaccine gives you flu
No, it doesn't. The injected flu vaccine given to adults contains inactivated flu viruses, so it can't give you flu. Your arm may feel sore where you were injected, and some people get a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards, but other reactions are very rare. The children's flu nasal spray vaccine contains live but weakened flu viruses that will not give your child flu.

In addition to the £25 Love2Shop vouchers you’ll receive for having your jab, we also have three i-Pads up for grabs too. Everyone who completes and signs a form will be entered into a prize draw, and names randomly picked to find the winners. This will take place after 30th November when we have received all returned Flu Consent Forms.

Published 12th October 2018

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