SEASONAL FLU CAMPAIGN
DROP IN FLU CLINICS
We will be holding a further Drop In Flu Clinic on Saturday 14th October
If you haven't yet had your Seasonal Flu Vaccination, please come along between 8:30 - 11:30
Please Note: We will be holding specific Child Flu vaccination sessions at a later date and will be inviting all eligible children to attend.
Please do not bring your child along to the Saturday morning sessions.
Although unpleasant, for most healthy people, flu is a self-limiting illness. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, cough as well as sore throat, aching muscles and joints. The best advice for treating flu in healthy people is to stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and take appropriate pain relievers, such as paracetamol. Children under 16 should not take any medicines containing aspirin. People in at risk groups who develop symptoms consistent with flu, or if anyone’s symptoms persist or become more severe, they should seek medical advice.
Prevention of the virus is an even better intervention, and it’s that time of year for people in ‘at risk’ groups to get the vaccine for free as they are at much greater risk of becoming seriously unwell if they catch flu, and sadly many end up in hospital.
Groups eligible for flu vaccination include:-
- Patients aged 65yrs and over
- Patients age 6mths to 64yrs with a serious medical condition such as:-
- Chronic long term respiratory disease
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease
- Chronic Kidney disease (stage 3,4 or 5)
- Splenic dysfunction
- A weakened immune system due to disease or certain treatments
- Morbidly obese (BMI of 40 and above)
- Pregnant Women
- Patients residing in long-stay residential homes
- Carers (people in receipt of a carer’s allowance or the main carers of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill).
(Please note that Front line healthcare workers should be vaccinated via their employer)
- All children aged 2-8yrs
(Children aged 2-3yrs will be invited to attend the Practice for vaccination. All other children will be offered the vaccine via the National Schools Programme)
Flu Vaccination for Children
As part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme the routine annual vaccination programme is being extended this year to include children aged 2-3yrs and also children in school years from reception through to year 4.
Children will be vaccinated using the live attenuated influenza vaccination (LAIV) which is administered via a nasal spray, unless medically contraindicated.
Vaccinating children each year means that not only does it protect the children themselves but there will be reduced transmission across all age groups, lessening levels of flu overall and reducing the burden of flu across the population. Research into the first two years of the programme has shown a positive impact on flu transmission across a range of surveillance indicators from vaccinating children of primary school age. These include reductions in: GP consultations fro influenza-like illness, swab positivity in Primary Care, laboratory hospitalisations and percentage of respiratory emergency attendances.
Children with long-term health conditions are at extra risk from flu and it's especially important that they are vaccinated against flu each year.
Parking: The Car Park will be restricted for the use of disabled/ blue badge holders and we would therefore suggest that if at all possible you walk, use public transport or car share. Please also consider local residents when parking on the street.
Consent: Please call in for a Flu consent form or download one here - Flu consent form
On the Day: An uncovered arm prior to vaccination helps to reduce delay - please wear short sleeves & take off outer garments whilst waiting.