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There’s a nip in the air for sure lately. Which means now is the time to think about getting a flu shot. 

Clive reckons that almost everyone can benefit from the protection of an annual flu shot. Getting the flu is a major threat as it can spread quickly through the community.

Not matter how fit, healthy, or tough you are, you’re not immune to the flu. It can strike at any time and will leave you unable to do just about anything. The flu can make you seriously ill and keep you in bed for at least a week. This is particularly true if you are elderly or have an ongoing medical condition.

However, even if you don’t feel sick, you could still have the virus and pass it on to others. 

A common misunderstanding is that the flu vaccine can give you the flu. This is not true.  The flu shot is made up of dead flu viruses, so you can’t catch the flu from them. What happens is that after your shot, your body learns what the flu looks like, so if you are exposed to the virus your body can fight it off. 

Ideally, you should be vaccinated before May. Clive’s Chemist will have the flu shot available from April. Getting immunised is your best protection.

For anyone over 65 the flu vaccine is free

It’s quick, convenient, and you don’t need an appointment to get vaccinated at Clive’s. I’d much rather everyone came in now for a flu jab, than have to see everyone later for flu medication.

The process is easy. One of the pharmacists at Clive’s will take you through some information regarding your vaccination to make sure the flu shot is right for you. Then, after the shot while you wait for 20 minutes we’ll even make you a cup of tea!

Come in and see us now!