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Seasonal Flu Vaccination

flu vaccinationsFlu (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 flu vaccination is offered 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.

Flu Vaccination clinics 

  If you are over 65 or over 6 months and under 65 and have one of the following conditions please contact recpetion to make an appointment. 

Chest problems including certain asthmatics on steriod inhalers or steroid tablets and those with chronic bronchitis or empyhsema.

Chronic heart disease

Diabetes

Chronic Kidney disease

Chronic Liver disease

Chronic Neurological disease

People who are immunosuppressed, have no spleen or whose spleen does not work properly

Pregnant women

Those in contact with people who maybe at risk of developing serious complication from flu eg healthcare professional, carers, people living in long stay residential care homes.

 

Also if you are aged 70 or 79 you are eligable to have a shingles vaccination.  If you require more information about this or wish to book an appointment please speak to a receptionist.

 

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