The flu vaccine is the best form of protection against the flu and its complications.

Book an appointment for a flu vaccine with our medical specialists!

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get the vaccine to protect yourself and others.

Here at Turó Park Medical Center, we administer the flu vaccine in a welcoming international environment in the heart of Barcelona.

We encourage our patients to get the flu jab, as it is a safe and effective vaccine. It's recommended every year to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu. The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading.

More important than ever:flu vaccine vacuna contra la gripe

This year, widespread vaccination is more important than ever due to various reasons, principally caused by the effects of the pandemic. Here are some of the outlined reasons to get your flu vaccine this year:

  • increased likelihood to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • research shows that if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, you're more likely to be seriously ill
  • getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you

The flu vaccine in Barcelona at Turó Park Medical Center:

At Turó Park we offer all our patients the opportunity to get their annual flu vaccine in a safe, welcoming environment. Book with our medical team today!

The price of the flu vaccine in total is 60€, this includes the vaccine itself and the administration costs.

The National Health System's recommendations

The Ministry of Health often launches campaigns calling on the most vulnerable people, their contacts and health and social care professionals to get the flu vaccine each year.

It states that the vaccine is aimed primarily at protecting people who are vulnerable, therefore at higher risk of complications with infection. Additionally, those who can transmit the disease to these groups, within this being health and social-health personnel and certain groups considered essential.

The ministry also highlights that the coexistence of the two viruses this year makes flu vaccination more important than ever, especially for at-risk groups.

Why should I get the flu vaccine?

To protect yourself and others. Even if you are not considered vulnerable, you decrease your risk of transmission by having the vaccine, therefore protecting those around you.

Symptoms can be severe, and include:

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • dry cough
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • tiredness

The coronavirus and influenza virus are very similar: both share transmission routes and cause respiratory illness, with a wide range of symptoms, which can range from non-existent or mild to severe and fatal.

The vaccine is said to prevent 26% of hospitalisations, 40% of ICU admissions and 37% of deaths in the over-65s.

 

The flu vaccine: FAQs

  • People over 65 years of age
  • People between 6 months and 65 years of age with a high risk of complications due to an underlying condition or disease
  • Groups that can transmit, such as healthcare and social-healthcare personnel and certain groups considered essential.
  • Patients with immunosuppression.

It depends primarily on age and health status of the person in question. However, the similarity between the influenza viruses that are circulating and those from which the vaccine was made is another big factor in its effectiveness.

However, if the infected person is vaccinated, the disease will most likely be less severe. Despite the need for annual jabs, it is very safe and has a major impact on preventing hospitalisations and deaths.

Most are inactivated (non-live) containing virus fractions or viral proteins. Therefore, they do not contain live viruses and cannot cause influenza disease.

The viruses contained in this vaccine, being weakened, do not cause influenza.

The most common is discomfort and/or pain at the injection site. These local reactions usually last less than 48 hours.

Other reactions such as fever, malaise or muscle aches may also occur after vaccination; they usually start within the first 6-12 hours and last 1-2 days.

You can get the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.

You should have the flu vaccine if you're pregnant to help protect you and your baby.

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