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Flu and the Flu Vaccine

 

Please see the Covid-19 information below

 

Flu Vaccination Q&A

 

Children's Fluenz Vaccination Q&A

 

 

If you are over 65 years old and eligible 18-64 year olds please contact the Surgery on 01225 742361 to book your flu vaccination appointment. These clinics are starting in October.

 

 

 

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus.

 

If you're at risk of complications from flu, make sure you have your annual flu jab.

 

Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat.

 

Because flu is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won't treat it.

 

Anyone can get flu, but it can be more serious for certain people, such as:

  • people aged 65 or over
  • people who have a serious medical condition
  • pregnant women
  • carers 

If you are in one of these groups, you're more vulnerable to the effects of flu (even if you're fit and healthy) and could develop flu complications, which are more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which could result in hospitalisation.


Flu can also make existing medical conditions worse.


Read more about flu.


Should you have the flu jab?


See your GP about the flu jab if you’re 65 or over, or if you have any of the following problems (however old you are): 

  • a serious heart complaint
  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
  • serious kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
  • if you have a problem with your spleen or you have had your spleen removed
  • if you have ever had a stroke
Your GP may advise you to have a flu jab if you have serious liver disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or some other diseases of the nervous system.

 

Can I get a flu jab privately?

 

Yes, you can pay for the flu vaccination privately if you’re unable to have it on the NHS. It is available from some pharmacies and GPs on a private patient basis.

 

Pregnant women and the flu jab

 

If you're pregnant, you should have the flu jab, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached. Pregnant women are more prone to complications from flu that can cause serious illness for both mother and baby.

 

If you are pregnant and catch flu, talk to your GP urgently as you may need treatment with antiviral medicine.

 

Read more about the flu jab in pregnancy.

 

Children and the flu jab

 

All children between the ages of 2 and 11 are being offered nasal 'flu vaccination. We will be administering the vaccination to 2 and 3 year olds, older children will be offered this at school.

 

 

 It's important that children with a long-term health condition receive the flu vaccination because their illness could get worse if they catch flu. This includes any child over the age of six months with a long-term health problem such as a serious respiratory or neurological condition.

 

If you have a child with a long-term condition they will recieve an invitation to attend.

 

Carers and the flu jab

 

If you’re the carer of an elderly or disabled person, make sure they’ve had their flu jab. As a carer, you are  eligible for a flu jab too.


How to get the flu jab

 

If you are eligible for a  flu vaccination please ring Reception to make an appointment.

 


Even if you've already had a flu jab in previous years, you need another one this year. The flu jab may only protect you for a year. This is because the viruses that cause flu are always changing.

 

 

How effective is the flu jab?

 

No vaccine is 100% effective, however, people who have had the flu jab are less likely to get flu. If you do get flu despite having the jab, it will probably be milder than if you haven’t been vaccinated.

 

The flu jab doesn’t cause flu as it doesn’t contain live viruses. However, you may experience side effects after having the jab, such as a temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards. Your arm may feel sore at the site where you were injected. More severe reactions are rare.

 

The flu vaccine only protects against flu, but not other illnesses caused by other viruses, such as the common cold.

 

Who shouldn’t have the flu jab?

 

You shouldn't have the flu vaccination if:

  • you've had a serious reaction to a flu vaccination before
  • you have a high temperature (postpone it until you're better)

Not all flu vaccines are suitable for children, so discuss this with your GP beforehand.

 

Speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist if you have any further questions.

 

Read more about the flu jab.

 


 

Information for 50-64 year olds regarding free flu vaccination.

 

Whilst we’ve received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year.

 

This allows us (GP’s and community pharmacists) to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first; if you are in this category you will be contacted.

 

If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December.

 

Of course if you wish to access a vaccine prior to this date you can pay to have this at your local pharmacy as in previous years, otherwise please wait for more information.

 

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