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About this Winter's vaccination

General overview

The vaccine takes around 10 days to work and will help protect you from flu during the winter months. You have to get immunised every year because the viruses change constantly and your immunity reduces over time.

The flu vaccine can’t give you flu, but it can stop you catching it.

How effective is the vaccine?

Over the last 10 years, the flu vaccine has generally been a good match for the circulating strains of flu so you can be confident getting vaccinated is the best way to help protect yourself against flu. Even when it's not as well matched, if you catch flu and you've had the vaccine, symptoms may be less severe, and you may be less likely to develop complications.

Is the vaccine safe?

Vaccines have to be thoroughly tested for safety before they're made routinely available.

Each vaccine's safety is continually monitored, even after it's been introduced. This is because not all side effects are picked up during the vaccine's development, especially if they're very rare.

Allergy advice

Flu vaccine and egg allergy

Confirmed egg albumin allergy (no history of anaphylaxis): Please contact Occupational Health to arrange to be given a low egg-albumin-containing brand of the flu vaccine.

Confirmed history of egg albumin anaphylaxis: Please contact Occupational Health for advice.

Which vaccine will I get?

In 2018, health care workers will be offered quadrivalent inactive flu vaccine (QIV). Please contact Occupational Health if you are under 18 years of age as you will require a different brand of the vaccine licensed for your age group.

 


The flu virus can ‘survive’ on your hands (from rubbing your mouth or nose) and can be spread by direct contact or indirect contact via door handles and surfaces?