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Cold and flu season is well and truly upon us; we've got you covered with Pharmacist-administered flu vaccinations.

Pharmacist-administered flu vaccinations
Blooms The Chemist offers Pharmacist-administered flu vaccinations, without a prescription or booking, at selected stores. Check with your local Blooms The Chemist for the best time to pop in for your flu vaccination.*

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?

Did you know 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.

*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).