WE HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO GIVE YOU YOUR FLU VACCINATION - PLEASE USE US or LOSE US. WE WILL BE GIVING A QUADRIVALENT VACCINE THAT COVERS 4 STRAINS OF THE VIRUS. PHARMACIES MAY BE USING A TRIVALENT VACCINE THAT COVERS 3 STRAINS OF THE VIRUS.
WHICH WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE? WE KNOW WHICH WE RECOMMEND.
Flu vaccinations are offered yearly to "at risk" groups. This usually occurs in October. On the whole healthy people who do not fall into any of the groups below are at very low risk of complications from flu. More than 3000 people die from flu related illnesses in the UK each year (usually elderly).
Facts and Myths:
- You cannot get flu from the vaccination, if a cold/flu does occur after the injection this is coincidental.
- The vaccine is a mix of the likely strains of flu which is expected that year.
- Flu vaccination does not prevent coughs or colds which are caused by different viral infections.
- Side effects are generally minimal, some may get slight soreness at the injection site, or rarely a mild fever.
The following are eligible for flu vaccination
•All children aged two to eight years (but not nine years or older) on 31 August 2017 (with LAIV)
•All primary school-aged children in former pilot areas (with LAIV)
•Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (chronic kidney problems, Asthma, Chronic bronchitis, Emphysema, Cystic Fibrosis, those suffering a weak immune system e.g. following chemotherapy, patients with no spleen, HIV/AIDS
•Those aged 65 years and over
•Those in long stay residential care homes
•Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
•Frontline health and social care workers (vaccination provided by their employer)
If you fall into one of these groups please ensure you attend as follows -
FLU CLINICS 2017
Saturday 7th October Saturday 14th October
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A-C 9.00am - 9.45am L-O 9.00am - 9.45am
D-F 9.30am - 10.15am P- R 9.30am - 10.15am
G-H 10.00am - 10.45am S-U 10.00am - 10.45am
I-K 10.30am - 11.15am V-Z 10.30am - 11.15am
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU REMEMBER THESE DETAILS AND ATTEND AT THE RELEVANT TIME. IF YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A SLIP BY A CLINICIAN PLEASE BRING IT WITH YOU –
Please contact reception if these dates are not convenient. Patients who do not fall into these categories but want a flu jab can pay for one.
We also offer patients over 65 years old the Pneumonia vaccination. If you think you may not have had it and are over 65 years old please speak to a nurse or doctor. In most cases this provides lifelong protection.
The Pneumonia vaccination is recommended for children over 2 months old who have one of the following conditions:
- Asplenia or splenic dysfunction.
- Chronic respiratory disease, including asthma.
- Chronic heart disease.
- Chronic renal disease.
- Chronic liver disease.
- Individuals with cochlear implants.
- Individual with C.S.F shunts.
- Children under 5 years of age who have previously had pneumococcal disease.