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Thank you for attending your flu vaccination today.

A flu vaccination is the best protection we have against a virus that causes unpleasant illness in both children and adults. In vulnerable groups such as older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying physical health condition the illness can be very severe & sometimes even life-threatening.

Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu, but it will not stop all flu viruses. In addition to this the level of protection may vary, so it's not a 100% guarantee that you'll be flu-free.

However, if you do catch the flu after having the flu vaccination, it's likely that your illness will be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.

The flu vaccine will not protect you against Covid19 - you must still adhere to current government guidelines regarding social distancing and facial coverings.

Like all vaccines the flu vaccine can cause side effects. Most are mild and will resolve within a day or two. These side effects can include but are not limited to:

  • Sore arm at the injection site
  • Aching muscles
  • Temperature
  • Headache

Outlined below are tips to ease your discomfort and some websites with more information -

  1. Continue to use and move your arm as normal; do not let it get stiff.
  2. Take a painkiller if you are able to; such as paracetamol.
  3. If you have a temperature within 48 hours following vaccination it is much more likely to be a side effect of the vaccine and not Covid 19*.

*If you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of Covid 19 or you have been contacted by the track and trace service you must follow current government guidelines. These guidelines are ever changing so please call NHS 111 for more information or visit the government website:

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