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, but those who are infected will also 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 is 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 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