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Flu Vaccine in Bowmore, Isle of Islay

Influenza (flu) is a contagious virus that can be serious. Symptoms may include fever, cough, headache, and tiredness. The virus spreads through the air when people cough or sneeze, or when they touch surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. Islay Pharmacy offers the flu vaccine in Bowmore, Isle of Islay.

The importance of the flu vaccine

The flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to help protect against flu. It also reduces the risk of spreading flu to others. The flu vaccine is available between September and March.

Who is eligible for the NHS flu vaccine?

In Scotland, the NHS flu vaccine is free for the following groups:

  • Adults aged 50 and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged 2 to 5 (and not yet in school)
  • Primary and secondary school children
  • People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • Healthcare workers
  • Unpaid carers and young carers
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals

Why Should I Get Vaccinated?

  • Safety and Effectiveness: The flu vaccine has a good safety record and provides the best protection against flu.
  • Annual Protection: The NHS offers the vaccine every year for free to protect those at risk of flu and its complications.
  • Protection Against Severe Illness: While there’s still a chance you might get flu after vaccination, you are likely to experience milder symptoms and a shorter illness duration if you’ve been vaccinated.
  • Preventing Spread: The flu vaccine helps stop you from spreading flu to others who may be at greater risk of serious illness and complications.
  • Changing Viruses: Flu viruses change constantly, and your immunity decreases over time, so annual vaccination is necessary.

Only one dose of the flu vaccine is needed each winter.

Get your flu vaccine in Bowmore today!

Please speak to our pharmacy team about your eligibility for the flu vaccine in Bowmore, Isle of Islay. Visit Islay Pharmacy today to get your flu vaccine and help protect yourself and your community this flu season.