The week beginning October 7th marks the arrival of the Flu Vaccination for Winter 2013/2014. There are allocated clinics but vaccines can be given opportunistically by any of the doctors or practise nurse.
Who should have the flu vaccine?
If you come into any of the following groups it is advisable to consider having a flu vaccine to protect you from the risk of more serious effects
• aged 65 years or over
• living in a residential or nursing home
• the main carer of an older or disabled person
• a household contact of an immunocompromised person
• a health or social care worker
or you have
• a heart problem
• a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis or emphysema
• a kidney disease
• lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such
as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
• liver disease
• had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
• a neurological condition, for example multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
• a problem with your spleen, for example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed.
If you have a two- or three-year-old child, you should take them for the vaccination when invited by your surgery. If you do not hear by about the middle of October, contact your surgery to make an appointment.
Information concerning this vaccination is available on the following pdf
Read the following link to advise what symptoms to expect and when you should visit your doctor.
If you do develop flu – like symptoms and you are fit and healthy and don’t come into the above groups treat yourself with over the counter preparations.
Antibiotics are not effective in treating a viral illness
In order to protect the vulnerable with whom you may not be aware you are in contact
Remember to try to prevent spread of flu.
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they spread the flu virus in tiny droplets of saliva over a wide area. These droplets can then be breathed in by other people or they can be picked up by touching surfaces where the droplets have landed. You can prevent the spread of the virus by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and you can wash your hands frequently or use hand gels to reduce the risk of picking up the virus.