Flu Vaccination Booklet
WINTER FLU CAMPAIGN 2017
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR SURGERY BY HAVING YOUR VACCINATION HERE - We will be starting our flu clinics this year towards the end of September and will be booking appointments at the beginning of September so please ring 26086 to make an appointment.
What is flu?
Influenza or flu is a viral infection that usually strikes between December and March. It can affect people of all ages.
The first signs are a headache, sore throat and a runny nose, aching muscles, fever and shivering. Flu makes you feel completely exhausted and this extreme fatigue may last for two to three weeks.
You can catch flu by inhaling the virus or by handling items touched by an infected person. The symptoms start to develop one to four days later.
Why should i be concerned about flu?
Most people who get the flu recover after a week or two, but some develop life-threatening complications such as pneumonia, nerve or brain damage. You are more likely to be at risk from the complications of flu if you are in one of the 'at risk groups' and your body is already weakened.
How do i avoid getting flu
The best way to avoid getting flu is to have a jab during the autumn- usually between October and November - each year. The Flu vaccination is free of charge for people in 'at risk' groups.
You need to have a jab each year to main your immunity, as the flu virus is always changing. The jab will not stop you getting coughs and colds, but can protect you against the lastest strain of flu.
You may have a temporary slight soreness at the injection site. A few people get slight fever, this this is short-lived.
As the vaccine is made from chickens eggs you should not have a flu jab if you are allergic to eggs, chicken protein or if you have had a previous allergic reaction to a flu jab.
The flu vaccination does not cause flu.
Flu vaccination is especially important if:
- You are aged 65 or over
- You have had a Stroke or TIA (mini stroke)
- You have reduced Immunity
- You are the main Carer for an elderly or disabled person
- You have DiabetesYou have Chro
- nic Heart Disease
- You have Chronic Kidney DiseaseYou have Chronic Liver Disease
- You have Chronic Lung Disease
- You are Pregnant
If you fall into any of these 'at risk' groups, please contact the Surgery to make an appointment for a Flu jab.
If you have any questions please ask the Practice Nurse or a doctor.