Flu, the flu vaccine & flu clinics
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 vaccine, available each year usually from October onwards. 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.
Who should have the flu jab?
If you're 65 or over before 31/3/18, 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
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
- if you have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- if you have a problem with your spleen or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
- if you have serious liver disease
- or a neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability
Others entitled to a free NHS flu vaccination
- all pregnant women regardless of where they are in their pregnancy
- all children aged 2 or 3 (born between 1/9/13-31/8/15)
- carers in receipt of carers allowance or main carer for an elderly or disabled person
How the flu vaccine works
The injected flu vaccine contains inactivated, or killed, strains of the flu virus and therefore cannot cause flu.
The nasal spray flu vaccine for children contains live, but weakened forms of flu virus but again this vaccine does not cause flu.
The flu virus in both the injected and nasal spray vaccine is grown on fertilised hens' eggs so anyone with a serious anaphylactic style egg allergy should have an alternative egg-free vaccine. 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.
Flu jab side effects
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, not other illnesses caused by other viruses, such as the common cold.
NEW ROAD SURGERY - FLU CLINICS 2017
MAIN FLU CLINIC - SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2017 9AM - 3PM (closed 12.30-1.30 for lunch)No appointment necessary, 15 doctors and nurses will be vaccinating so you should be seen quickly.
Please attend during the following times:
- Surnames beginning A – C attend between 9.00 and 10.00 am
- Surnames beginning D - G attend between 10.00 and 11.00 am
- Surnames beginning H – P attend between 11.00 and 12.30 pm
- Surnames beginning Q – Z attend between 1.30 and 3.00 pm
Please walk – parking will be very limited although some parking will be available at the Ryland Centre.
Other clinics will be available by appointment throughout October - please see Reception from mid-September onwards
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(Site updated 04/10/2017)