Get Your Flu Shot Today
As winter approaches it is worth reminding ourselves that flu can have serious and even fatal consequences, especially for vulnerable patients. We therefore have FLU clinics to ensure that people at risk of suffering the most serious consequences are vaccinated against flu. This includes those aged 65 or over, those aged 6 months to 64 in clinical risk groups, pregnant women, those living in residential and nursing homes, and carers. We are also vaccinating children aged 2 to 8 for their own protection and to reduce spread in the population. There is also evidence to suggest that the flu vaccine can reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Over time, protection from the injected flu vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains often change. So new flu vaccines are produced each year, which is why people advised to have the flu vaccine need it every year.
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition. Be safe be happy this winter. Book your FLU vaccine appointment today.
For more information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Flu Fact sheet
You have been invited to have your annual flu vaccination at the surgery. Please read the following information beforehand.
· What is the flu vaccination?
The flu vaccine is an injection that stimulates your body’s immune system to produce antibodies to attack the flu virus. These antibodies recognise the flu virus and help fight it off. The flu vaccine cannot itself give you the flu. Please note it will take approximately 10-14 days for your immunity to build up.
· Who can have it?
The flu vaccine is highly recommended for higher risk groups that include the elderly, children, pregnant women, people living in long stay residential homes or people with chronic illnesses. Please enquire at reception for more information.
· Where will it go?
The injection is given as a single intramuscular (IM). This will be given on your chosen upper arm, the deltoid muscles.
· What are the reported side effects?
Although the vaccine is safe, as with all medications you may experience side effects. The common ones associated with the flu vaccine are muscle aches, headache, fatigue, fever and a sore arm. These are however usually mild and should subside within 48 hours. Please seek urgent medical assistance if your symptoms are severe or they fail to subside.
· Aftercare advice
There is no specific after care. Please carry on as normal.
If you have any additional concerns or questions regarding the flu vaccine please contact our reception staff.