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FLU SEASON 

WHO CAN RECEIVE THE FLU VACCINATION ON THE NHS?

In 2019/20, flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:

  • all those aged two and three on 31 August 2019 (date of birth on or after 1 September 2015 and on or before 31 August 2017), in general practice
  • all primary school-aged children (date of birth on or after 1 September 2008 and on or before 31 August 2015), in the school-based programme

For those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age, vaccinations will be offered to patietns with:

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis

  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

  • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five

  • chronic liver disease

  • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability

  • diabetes

  • splenic dysfunction or asplenia

  • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)

  • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)

  • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)

  • people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2020)

  • people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality.

  • those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill

  • household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and, therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.  

If you do not fall into any of these categories, but are worried about contracting flu during the winter, either  speak to your GP for advice or visit NHS Choices website - www.nhs.uk

 

NOTE TO PARENTS: If your child is under 16 years and will be attending the surgery to obtain this immunisation accompanied by another family member (e.g. Grandparent), you MUST give us your signed consent . Without this consent, we shall be unable to vaccinate your child until it has been obtained. Please click HERE to download the consent form - or ask for a copy at reception.

 

If you are not entitled to receive a free flu vaccination, you may pay for it privately. Private Flu vaccinations are offered by pharmacies such as Boots, Tesco, Asda or other local pharmacies, or this can be supplied via Quay Medical Care at your surgery. For more information please click HERE

 

INFLUENZA

In most cases there is nothing to worry about. Within a week with rest and treatment from your pharmacist you should start to feel better. 

This year Public Health England is concerned over the increased number and severity of Flu cases. If you are pregnant, over 65, have a long term medical condition, or a weakened immune system, you may be at risk of severe illness and/or complications.

Current guidance from the Department of Health asks GP's to consider the use of specific antiviral medication to treat flu. This is most effective if given within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.

Symptoms of flu include:

  1. High Temperatures (usually >38 degrees)
  2. General symptoms of Unwell such as: Headache; Feverish; Muscle/Joint pains; Fatigue
  3. Respiratory Symptoms such as: cough; sore throat; nasal congestion

www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

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