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Flu and vaccinations

Dated: 5-Nov-18

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. 

The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

Please speak to reception to book an appointment if you:

·  are 65 years of age or over

·  are pregnant

·  are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility

·  receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill

·  or have a serious long-term health condition, including:

o    chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma

o    chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

o    chronic kidney disease

o    chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

o    chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease

o    diabetes

o    problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed

o    a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS

o    being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)

·  eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2018 – that is, children born between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016

·  Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31, 2018. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice.

·  Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings.

External Websites

·  Flu and the Flu Vaccine – NHS

·  Children’s Flu Vaccine – NHS

·  Flu Vaccine FAQs – NHS

·  Which Flu Vaccine should children have? – gov.uk (PDF)

·  The Flu Vaccination – gov.uk (PDF)

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