You can now book a Flu Vaccination at The House of Wellbeing for only £20.

If you have questions about the vaccination or are wondering whether it is the right thing for you. Please read our FAQs below

Frequently asked questions

What is flu?

  • Flu is a contagious upper and sometimes lower respiratory disease caused by the influenza viruses.
  • These viruses can cause mild to severe illness and even death.
  • Flu outbreak can happen every winter as the viruses that cause flu change year on year.
  • By having a flu vaccine, flu and its symptoms can be prevented.

What are the symptoms of Flu?

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Lethargy
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea or stomachache
  • Nausea and vomiting

How can you get the flu?

  • From another infected person through coughing, sneezing or talking
  • By touching objects with the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or sometimes, eyes.

How can I reduce risk of spreading?

  • Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Bin the used tissue immediately after
  • Washing your hands often

What is flu vaccination?

  • It is a great way of avoiding catching and spreading the flu
  • The vaccine helps your body to produce antibodies to fight the virus within 7 to 10 days from being vaccinated
  • The vaccine is manufactured to work against the three viruses that are most likely to cause flu this year.

Who is at high risk from flu?

  • Anyone including healthy people
  • Serious problems and complications can also happen to any age but there are some risk groups being more vulnerable:
  • Elderly
  • Chronic respiratory, heart, kidney and liver disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Learning disability
  • Diabetes
  • Asplenia or splenic dysfunction
  • A weakened immune system due to e.g. HIV/AIDS, cancer
  • Morbidly obese (BMI 40 and above)
  • Pregnant
  • Living in long-stay residential care homes/ facilities
  • Carers

Who can have the flu vaccine?

  • As listed above
  • The pharmacist will ask a few questions prior to the vaccination to ensure that it is safe to do so.

Are there any side effects?

  • The virus in the vaccine has been inactivated. Hence you cannot catch a flu from the vaccine.
  • Common side effects:
  • Slight temperature
  • Aching muscles for a few days

What are the benefits of having flu vaccine?

  • About 75% of people who have the vaccine will be prevented from flu this season
  • About 25% of people will have reduced severity of flu symptoms

Who will be administering the flu vaccination?

  • Our fully trained pharmacist in a private treatment room at a time to suit you.
  • After the injection, you will be seated in the cosy waiting room for at least 10 minutes to ensure that you are feeling well before you leave.