Don't Get Flu, Get vaccinated
We are encouraging people at greater risk from the flu virus to get a free flu jab from their GP.
Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch, and it can be really serious for some. People at most risk include those aged 65 or over, pregnant women, and those with health conditions such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints, and diabetes.
The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year. The jab doesn’t contain the ‘live’ virus so it cannot give you the flu.
If you’re in any of the ’at risk’ groups, the flu jab is completely free, and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes.
An annual nasal spray flu vaccine is available for all children aged 2 and 3 years and it is needle-free which is a big advantage for children).
It’s quick and painless – just one squirt up each nostril will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus. Flu can be very unpleasant for children. They have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection. They may even need hospital treatment.
Please contact the surgery on 01403 274700 to make your appointment for the flu vaccination.. It’s quick, safe and free for those most at risk from the flu virus.
For more information visit http://www.nhs.uk/flu
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