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

At Turó Park Clinics, we administer the flu vaccine in an international and welcoming environment in the heart of Barcelona.

We encourage our patients to get the flu vaccine, as it is a safe and effective vaccine. It is recommended every year to help protect those at risk of becoming seriously ill with flu. The best time to get the flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter, before the flu starts to spread.

If you want to get a flu shot, don't wait to make an appointment with one of our English-speaking doctors.

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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.

What are 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.

Which populations are most interested in the vaccine?

The influenza vaccine is particularly indicated for :

  • People over 65 years of age.
  • People aged 6 months to 65 years at high risk of complications from an underlying condition or disease.
  • Groups that can transmit influenza to those mentioned above.
  • Health and social care workers and certain groups considered essential.

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Our answers to the most frequently asked questions about flu vaccination

How effective is the flu vaccine?

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.

What is the vaccine made of?

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.

What are the after-effects of the vaccine?

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.

Can I get vaccinated if I am pregnant?

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.