Flu vaccination time!
Book your FREE flu vaccination - appointments will soon be available for all our "at risk" patients, we expect to receive delivery of the vaccine week commencing 11th September 2017.
However the "nasal" flu vaccinations for our patients aged 2 or 3 (on 31st August 2017), and any patient aged 2 to less than 18 years old in an "at risk" group will not be available until later in the month.
Eligible patients are those:
- aged 65 and over
- aged 2 & 3 on 31st August 2017 (nasal flu vaccine)
- aged 6 months or over with chronic illnesses such as heart, respiratory, liver, kidney or neurological disease, have diabetes, a weak immune system
- currently pregnant
- carer's of persons whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- morbidly obese (defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above)
Influenza (often referred to as flu) is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract. For otherwise healthy individuals flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery usually within two to seven days. The risk of serious illness from influenza is higher amongst children under six months of age, older people and those with underlying health conditions as already mentioned.
Flu is passed from person to person through droplets created when someone with the infection sneezes or coughs. Infection can be spread by contact with surfaces such as door handles, contaminated with the virus. Flu can spread rapidly.
Questions & Answers
Q. Can the vaccination cause flu?
A. No, because the vaccine doesn't contain live viruses.
Q. Are there any side effects to the vaccine?
A. There may be slight soreness at the point of injection and some people may feel slight cold like symptoms over the following days. More serious reactions are possible but rare.
Q. When is the best time to get vaccinated?
A. Between September and November. Don't wait until there is a flu epidemic.