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Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.   For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.

Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.

The Surgery offers flu vaccination on the NHS to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.

Summary

Risk groups:

all people 65 years and older

people under 65 with conditions including:

  • asthma (requiring regular steroid inhalers), COPD
  • blood disorders including sickle cell disease, or removal of spllen
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • neurological conditions eg Parkinsons, motor neurone disease
  • heart disease eg heart failure
  • those on chemotherapy or long term steroids

those who are carers

pregnant woman (all stages of pregnancy)

all children aged 2, 3 and 4

children aged 6 months to 18 with one of the above long term health conditions

(children between 2 and 18 will generally receive the flu vaccine nasal spray)

If you are not in one of these groups and are over 18 you can have a private flu vaccine from your local pharmacy. It is likely that in years to come all children under 18 will be included in the flu vaccination programme.

 
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