How to get the flu jab in Glasgow

Every single year, thousands of people are infected with the influenza virus, more commonly known as “the flu”, which causes terrible suffering and can sometimes lead to death in those most vulnerable. GP surgeries are full to the brim with flu-related visits and hospitals feel the struggle when coping with a massive increase in overnight stays.

Not only does the flu affect our health and hit the NHS budget dramatically, those who are infected will most certainly need to take time off work, which isn’t good economically for both employer or employee.

This is why NHS Health Scotland, Immunisation Scotland and all healthcare professionals such and doctors, pharmacists and nurses recommend that you get immunised for the flu. This is done by receiving the flu vaccination, or the flu jab as it more widely known, and in this article, we’re going to explain how and where you can get it done in the city of Glasgow.


What is the Flu?


The flu is very prevalent in Glasgow in the winter months


The flu is a very contagious respiratory virus that can be spread easily throughout the population, usually through the mucus from the mouth, for example, coughing, sneezing or kissing someone. There are various strains of the flu but the most common types are strains A and B in the northern hemisphere of the world. The flu can affect people of all ages, gender and race.


The flu is most prevalent in the winter months between October and March but people can still contract the flu throughout the year.


What are the symptoms of flu?


The degree of symptoms when someone is affected by the flu can vary and is often confused with the symptoms of the “common cold”. Flu symptoms are usually much more aggressive and longer lasting (sometimes up to 2 weeks) and are more than likely to make you bed-ridden.


The following are some of the symptoms you can experience:


  • High fever, sweating and tremor

  • A headache and muscle aches

  • A productive cough

  • Sore through

  • Fatigue and weakness

  • Blocked nose


What is the flu jab?


Flu Jab Glasgow


The flu jab provides the best form of protection against the flu. It works by stimulating the body’s immune system to produce white blood cells that will defend you if you become exposed to the virus. Although it is very effective, it isn’t 100% effective since you could be infected by a strain that isn’t covered by the vaccine. In saying this, it will offer you around 90-95% of protection from the prevalent strains that exist in Glasgow and the whole of Scotland.


You will not be protected instantly after the vaccination since it takes some time for your body to produce enough white blood cells to offer immunisation. In general, you’ll be protected after around 21 days for vaccination so you can still catch the flu in that time. You need to make sure you’re keeping good hygiene to prevent an infection from happening.


How do I get the flu jab in Glasgow?


Your Local Pharmacy


Your local pharmacy is the easiest, quickest and most convenient way to get a flu jab. Although pharmacies in Glasgow don’t offer the free vaccination under the NHS as of yet, they can provide it to a wide scope of people for a very small fee.

It is highly recommended that you get the flu jab if you are over 65yrs of age or you suffer from a chronic illness, particularly of the airways (e.g. asthma, COPD, emphysema) and the immune system (e.g. cystic fibrosis, chronic heart disease, liver failure).


It is advised that you call up your pharmacy to inquire if they offer the flu jab service, or visit Pharmacy Flu Jabs and find a pharmacy near you that does there.


Your GP Surgery


Your GP surgery will offer the flu jab free of charge to those most vulnerable but at specific time slots. To inquire if you’re eligible for the free jab, please visit NHS Inform, contact your local surgery and enquire.


Reach Pharmacies are protecting Glasgow from the Flu


Our pharmacists in every single one of our branches are fully trained to provide the flu jab quickly, safely and effectively for those of you in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. Our confidential service is supported by healthy living advice on how to stay healthy this winter and the best thing about it is that we offer a walk-in service, meaning we work around your schedule.


To protect you and your family this winter, you can count on Reach Pharmacy.

firstaid1Basic first aid whether for kids or adults does not require lots of training.  Some basic first aid techniques can be learned either from a book, internet or attending a course. Everyone should know how to perform basic first aid treatment.  By performing simple procedures and following certain guidelines, it may be possible to save lives by giving basic treatment until professional medical help arrives.

The following provides information on a few First Aid techniques :

Burns :

The only thing you should put on a burn is cold water.  Put the affected area under cold running water for at least ten minutes.  Loosely cover the burn with cling film or a clean plastic bag. This helps prevent infection by keeping the area clean and is also an ideal cover as it won’t stick to the burn and will also reduce pain by keeping the air from the skin’s surface.  If necessary call 999.

Bleeding Wound :

The best way to treat bleeding is to put pressure on the wound with whatever is available to stop or slow down the flow of blood. As soon as possible call 999. Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.

Nosebleeds :

If you put the head back during a nosebleed, all the blood goes down the back of the airway.  Instead advise person to tilt their head forwards and ask them to pinch the end of their nose and breathe through their mouth.

Heart Attack :

If a person has persistent, vice-like chest pain, which may spread to their arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach they may be having a heart attack.  Call 999 immediately and ensure that the person is in a position that is comfortable for them (e.g. sit them on the floor, leaning against a wall or chair).  Provide constant reassurance to them until the ambulance arrives.

Stroke :

Think F.A.S.T.  Face: is there weakness on one side of their face?  Arms: can they raise both arms?  Speech: is their speech easily understood?  Time: to call 999
(Strokes are caused by a blockage of the blood supply to the brain. Part of the brain becomes damaged, and this can affect people’s appearance, bodily functions, speech and sight).
A stroke needs immediate attention, and the faster the person receives medical help, the less damage is caused.  Talk to the person to reassure them while you wait for the ambulance.

This provides just a small insight into basic first aid techniques.  Further information may be obtained from the many sources available through books, internet and taking part in training courses available throughout the country.

The key to buying the right facial products for your skin type comes down to one key point, understanding your skin.  Is it dry – use a cream cleanser, sensitive – , oily – use a medicated cleanser.  It is also important to remember that it will change from time to time dependant onSkin Care

factors such as weather, diet or menstrual cycle.

Once this has been determined, the next step is to establish an appropriate routine using the correct skin care products for your skin.  Nothing beats the classic skin treatment routine of cleanse, tone and moisturise.

Cleanse – Find a cleanser that suits your skin type.  After washing your face with warm water, apply the cleanser in circular motions and then wash off.  Don’t scrub as over washing and scrubbing can cause skin to become irritated.

Tone – Toners work by removing any residual cleanser left on your skin and shrink the appearance of pores. Again, choose a toner that suits your skin type and apply to your face with the help of a cotton ball, using gentle upward strokes.

Moisturise Finally, finish off your skin care routine by using a moisturiser which matches your skin type. Moisturisers work by protecting your skin against the excessive loss of water and keep it looking healthy and more youthful.  Protect your skin against the harmful rays of the sun by using a moisturiser that has sun protection factor included.  This will help prevent sunburn, wrinkles and can decrease the risk of sun cancer.

Over and above this daily routine here are a few dos and don’ts for your skincare routine :

Remove your make up before going to bed.  No matter how tired you are, always ensure you take the time to cleanse your face before bed.  Not removing it will result in blocked pores, sore eyes and a breakout of spots.

Your skin reflects your general health. To keep it in good condition, you need a healthy balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, regular exercise, enough sleep, and plenty of water.  Drinking one to two litres of water everyday will help hydrate your skin.

Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes can dull the complexion, by narrowing the blood vessels and damage the quality of the skin.  Cutting down on alcohol consumption and smoking will help ensure your skin looks healthy and bright.

Catch up on your beauty sleep.  On average most adults need at least eight hours of sleep per week.  A good night’s sleep helps to banish those dark circles and dull skin.  Snoozing will delay the effects of ageing, aid cell regeneration, restore and rejuvenate the skin and energise your body.

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