Get a flu shot

Getting vaccinated before the flu season starts will give your body a chance to build up full immunity.

The immunity that the vaccination gave you last year will not be enough to protect you this year. The World Health Organisation recommends annual vaccinations, because the virus mutates rapidly, and each year’s vaccination is different.

For the specialists who develop the flu vaccine, preparation for this year’s flu season began over six months ago. The research process is intensive: three different flu strains are assessed and the records of flu cases in 83 countries around the world are taken into account. The result is a vaccine which has proven its safety and effectiveness, year after year.

“This year, Clicks will be starting its vaccination programme on March 20,” says Pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman and Senior Category Manager at Clicks. “We make the vaccination available in all our clinics well before winter starts because it can take up to ten days for the vaccination to reach its full effectiveness. We also want to make sure that there is enough time for the whole family to get their flu shots.”

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Who should get a flu vaccine

The vaccination is particularly important for people who are:

  • Over 50 years old
  • Suffering from liver, lung, kidney or heart diseases
  • Taking medication for HIV or who are receiving chemotherapy or long-term steroids
  • Pregnant
  • Healthcare workers and caregivers
  • Working in crowded environments

“You may experience mild flu-like symptoms as your immunity builds up,” Abdurahman says, “But most people have no problems with the vaccine at all. If you have a severe egg allergy, however, it is best to speak to your doctor before booking your appointment for the flu shot as there are trace amounts of egg protein in the vaccine.”

With over 380 Clicks Pharmacies across South Africa, flu relief is never far away. Speak to your Clicks pharmacist about the right course of treatment for you and your family.  Visit www.clicks.co.za or call 0860-254-257 for more information.

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