Articles, Blog

Flu Shot | Should I Get A Flu Shot | Are There Any Flu Shot Side Effects

October 23, 2019

Flu can be very unpleasant but if you’re
otherwise fit and healthy it usually lasts about a week or two but if you are
in a risk group it can make you more at risk of potentially serious
complications of flu and nobody wants that in this week’s video I’m going to
make you a flu vaccine pro now you may be wondering who is in the at-risk group
well it’s quite a big list which includes over 65s pregnant women people
living in residential homes people with learning disabilities and certain
medical conditions like asthma COPD diabetes and many more I will leave a
full list in the description below now if you a loved one a family member
anyone you know is in the at-risk group it’s recommended that you have the flu
vaccine every single year to protect yourself now you may be thinking to
yourself with Abraham protect me from what
what do I need protecting from well I’m going to tell you because if you are in
the at-risk group and you get flu you’re certainly a much higher risk of
developing serious complications one of which for example is pneumonia a
lung infection and in the UK on average flu kills about 8,000 people per year
now if you’re watching this video and you live in the UK well the good news is
that the NHS flu vaccine is available every year free of charge for anyone who
is in the at-risk group and you can get this vaccine at your local pharmacy is
surgery all of this is provided free of charge by the NHS so you now know the
background you know the complications of flu and you also know the importance of
getting the flu vaccine but what about the flu vaccine itself because I’m sure
you’ve got lots of questions about it and I know just the person to speak I’ve
decided to get some help from a good friend of mine which you’ll most likely
know from a popular TV show called GPs behind closed doors
his name is Dr. Amir Khan and I’ve come to his surgery to find out more I’ve
come with questions the viewers want answers so let’s just dive in so if
question what how effective is the flu vaccine the flu vaccine works better in
some years than in others the problem is the virus keeps changing so it’s
difficult to predict last year in the UK the vaccine prevented 60% of cases of
flu in adults aged over 65 yes so last year there was actually two types of flu
vaccines and for those aged over 65 they were offered the trivalent flu vaccine
with an adjuvant and under 64 who were in the at-risk group
offered a quadrivalent flu vaccine and the results are pretty good so far
that’s correct adjuvants helped lengthen and strengthen your immune
response to a vaccine and they shown to make vaccines more effective in older
adults that’s fantastic and this helps lead me
on to my next question which is all about ingredients what’s in these
vaccines are they harmful at all well vaccines contain tiny quantities of
substances which are found naturally in the body for example many vaccines
contain salts such as sodium and potassium which help regulate the
acidity of a vaccine other ingredients help preserve and stabilize the vaccine
whilst improving your immune response to it
so to summarize are the ingredients harmful for our body no are the
ingredients normal for our body yes which they’ve notes my next question how
safe is the flu vaccine well just like everything in life the flu vaccines do
carry some risks but most of these risks are fairly minor such as swelling or
redness at the injection site mild fevers nothing serious
severe reactions to the vaccines are rare I think in general very few people
are unable to get flu vaccine however it is worth mentioning that if you do have
an egg allergy it’s worth letting your healthcare professional know just so that
they can give you a suitable vaccine I think it might also be useful to put
more information in the description about this yes that’s a great idea
vaccines are currently the best defence that we have against flu which is why
public health England the medical community all agree that if you are
eligible to get the free NHS vaccine then please get vaccinated
now you can get vaccinated at your local pharmacy or your local GP surgery and I
guess you are now a flu vaccine pro so welcome to the club you now know all
about it’s complications who’s at risk and all
about the flu vaccine too – so spread your knowledge tell your friends tell your
family tell your loved ones tell everyone always remember that you’re
awesome and I will see you next week i don’t if you can hear it but there’s an
alarm going off right now and it’s not stopped oh it just stopped (laughing) (whispering) i feel like we are revising for an exam i know it feels like it (laughing) we don’t want to distract each other we are like whispering (laughing)
you maybe thinking to yourself but what do we need protecting from protecting from well I’m going to tell you what you need
protecting from you need protecting from the flu hey guys thanks for watching this
week’s video make sure to click that like follow or subscribe button now to
stay up to date with new weekly videos


  • Reply Ramos October 14, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Is the flu shot the flu?

  • Reply patricia bennett October 14, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Abraham, I wonder if the flu injection is feasible. Well I know you are a pharmacist and you need to promote this for good reason. Yes does that injection contain formaldehyde plus other nasty ingredients. I would want a full list of ingredients. I am sorry I will not get one. Thank you so very much.

  • Reply Hafsa Yousuf October 14, 2019 at 3:09 pm


  • Reply Hafsa Yousuf October 14, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Can you give tips to manage the flu before it gets worse?

  • Reply Dua fatima October 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Don't think of it as getting a flu shot.Think of it as installing virus protection software.

  • Reply Conchita W October 14, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    I'm getting my flu shot next week because of my asthma. For the first time in the Netherlands it contains 4 and not 3 flu viruses. How about the UK? I ❤ the bloopers! ??

  • Reply Truth x October 14, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Wait a sec…A more suitable vaccine if you have an egg allergy? Last Tuesday I got a flu shot from my doctor. She's well aware of my dairy allergy (milk). The next day, I had diarrhea and an acne outbreak. On the 25th I have my dermatologist appointment. Can't wait to hear about his car! Thx for the helpful info Abraham.

  • Reply Just Some Guy without a Mustache October 14, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Awesome video!

  • Reply Just Some Guy without a Mustache October 14, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for taking one of my questions!

  • Reply pharma toon October 14, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Ur face what's secret

  • Reply MedCology Tutorials October 14, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Yay early squad. I am so happy that pharmacists scope of practice has expanded to giving flu jabs. But recently a GP service has advised saying get better flu jab at your GP. I want to know is this a good thing? Is such competitive advertising good??

  • Reply Balkiss Knani October 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Since the flu vaccin contains inactivated viruses, the patient must get 2 shots to get the immunity respond isn't?

  • Reply rahmah mohamed October 14, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Love how the channel is growing and evolving!!!! Amazing video!!

  • Reply T K October 14, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    so you don't need a prescription for the vaccination in the uk?

  • Reply Ultra_ Slayer3000 October 14, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Omg I was wondering this for a while thank you so much Abraham your the best! Keep it up??

  • Reply Chelsey .x October 15, 2019 at 1:41 am

    You're adorable Abraham..

  • Reply francesca hammonds October 15, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Can you give me tips to distract or reduce pain during getting the vaccine…
    Thank you
    A very informative video, very useful!

  • Reply diesel828 October 15, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Great info. I get the flu vaccine every year. Also, that conversation between you and the doctor didn’t seem scripted at all! ?

  • Reply hazhealth pharm October 15, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Hello @Abraham The Pharmacist l love your videos and your explanation’s. Could you just please make videos about vitamins?.

  • Reply Danielle Meow October 15, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Erm yeh but needles hurt XD

  • Reply Kendrick Loyola October 16, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Abrham whats your opinion on anti vax parents?

  • Reply Yan Yan October 16, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    I have appendix remove last 3 week and on the 2nd week my left stomach hurts so bad and my doctor said my intestines are inflamed today i got out in hospital i need help to gain weight any advice??? Anyway my doctor said to me not to eat to much because of my intestines

  • Reply Bryce 2595 October 17, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Can you do a video on contact lenses

  • Reply иємѕιχ October 17, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Can you make a video how to cure helicobacter pylori naturally without antibiotics please.

  • Reply pharma toon October 17, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    What's secret of ur tomato like face

  • Reply Bella B October 18, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Hi! Love your channel! Hoping you see this comment! ?

    I take L-lysine and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every morning. It seems that the L-lysine really helps to keep away reoccurring acne spots. The Apple cider vinegar seems to help with sugar cravings. Both are recommended to take on an empty stomach.

    What are your thoughts on my taking Apple cider vinegar right when I wake up and then 1000mg L-lysine 30 minutes later? Any reason for concern or what would your advice be? Thanks! ☺️

  • Reply Ahmad Ahmad October 18, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Great info. I love your videos.
    can you tell me where are you from?

  • Reply reasons October 19, 2019 at 3:44 am

    I love you

  • Reply ran October 20, 2019 at 9:37 am

    hello Apraham!
    I really like your channel, I am a student who is thinking about pursuing pharmacy degree.. could you please make a video about whether pharmacy is a good career choice, and what was your biggest struggles in college and getting a job in the field after that. Thank you.

  • Reply musicspot real October 20, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    HI – Can you please make a video on hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism and myxedema

  • Reply Mantasha Khan October 20, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Hey , Abraham could you plz tell me how to lose weight and fats. I dont eat much , i dont eat fast food. But i hv gas problm, i cnt take dairy products. Plzzzzzz guide me. And yes I work really hard. I mean there is no such thing that could be a reason of my getting bulky.

  • Reply Hellooo October 21, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Why do you wear a lab coat in a community pharmacy?

  • Leave a Reply