Blooms The Chemist offers Pharmacist-administered flu shots, without a prescription or booking. Check with your local Blooms The Chemist for the best time to pop in for your flu vaccination.*
Boost your immune system
Head into your local Blooms The Chemist for a range of products to help boost your defences against cold and flu, including vitamins and supplements which may assist in fighting off any infections or viruses. Still managed to catch a cold? Pick up some throat lozenges, cough syrup, and hand sanitiser to stop the spread of germs, and don't forget to chat to your Pharmacist about the best ways to manage colds & flu this season.
What’s the difference between a cold and a flu?
Both colds and flu are usually caused by a virus, however the culprit is a different virus in each case.
‘The flu’ is caused by the influenza virus and can cause severe, life-threatening complications including pneumonia, whereas a “cold” can be caused by one of over 200 types of common-cold viruses, including the rhinovirus.
Why should I get a flu shot?
The best prevention against the flu is an annual vaccination.
Prevention is better than cure. The virus mutates each year into a slightly different version, so you need an annual flu shot to minimise the risk of getting the flu.
For people in certain groups, the flu vaccine is strongly recommended each year to prevent complications, including:
- Pregnant women
- Older people
- People with respiratory diseases such as asthma
- People with other chronic conditions
For everyone else, the flu vaccine can be useful to help prevent illness and time off work.
Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?
No, there is no live virus in the vaccine. Some people may experience a mild temperature as their body builds its defense against the flu. The vaccine does not prevent the common cold however, so you may still come down a cold during the winter season despite getting vaccinated against the flu. Full protection from the vaccine takes up to two weeks to develop so get vaccinated now.
Minimise your exposure and maximise your protection
- Wash your hands regularly; this will protect you from any germs that may have been left behind by others
- Reduce germs by keeping phones and keyboards clean
- Dispose of any used tissues immediately to avoid contaminating others in the area
- Get a flu shot
- Avoid touching your mouth and nose
- Avoid crowds during flu season
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
- Get enough sleep each night
*Minimum age restrictions apply. Speak to your Pharmacist about the minimum age for child vaccinations. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (parent or guardian must bring photo ID as proof of guardianship).