The benefits of the flu jab for everyone

 

As the nights draw in and colder weather becomes the norm, people can begin to think about getting the flu jab to help keep them well this winter.

Last year alone, almost three times as many people of all ages died of the flu than in 2016. Getting a flu vaccine is the best protection against flu, which causes unpleasant illness by making some existing conditions worse and can lead to other conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

 

Jabs on the NHS are available every year for people aged 2 to 17, for the elderly who are aged 65 and over, and for people who are diabetics, asthmatic, have a chronic kidney disease or those deemed as “at-risk” are also eligible[1]. At Virgin Care Private, we believe there are benefits for everyone, of all ages, having the jab.

 

Firstly, it can save lives. Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition. Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent people getting the flu and for people that are pregnant, the vaccines will also protect babies too – both after they’re born and during the early months of life[2].

By having the flu jab early, people can increase their odds of staying healthy in the colder month. It is an important preventative tool and not only will it keep you happy and healthy, people won’t lose half as many sick days compared to those who do not have a vaccination. For employers they’ll gain productivity out of its workforce – people with flu can amount to 111 million lost workdays and hundreds of pounds in lost productivity[3].

 

Finally, getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions – helping keep friends, family and colleagues healthy.


Stop making excuses and get on top of your winter wellness, book in for your flu jab and together we can all stop flu going viral.

Our Birmingham clinic is centrally located, you can book your jab over the phone, online or you can walk-in, whatever suits you, 
and throughout this flu season, we are offering it to our valued clients for just £10.
 
Book an appointment today, get protected and get yourself informed of the facts.
 
If you'd like to book an appointment or make an enquiry, please give us a call on
0300 247 0121.

This winter – get a jab, not the flu.

 

 

[1] Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm

[3] https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/flu/activities.html