Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Flu (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. Those who catch the flu pass it on to an average of two people, putting those most vulnerable at an increased risk, including those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women. Healthy individuals usually recover in two to seven days but for some, the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.
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. It is targeted at those with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and parents of children aged 2-4 years.
Those aged over 65 are also eligible to receive the flu vaccination.
If you are in any of the at-risk categories below, please contact the surgery to book an appointment for your flu vaccination.
- Aged 65 and over
or those with some long-term conditions affecting:
- the lungs
- the heart
- the kidneys
- the liver
- the brain or nervous system
- the immune system
- the spleen
or those who:
- live in a residential or nursing home
- are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill