Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. It occurs every year, usually in winter.
Flu symptoms hit you suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headache and aching muscles and you often get a cough and sore throat at the same time.
Because flu is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics will not treat it.
People should not underestimate the effects of seasonal flu. It's not the same as getting a cold.
It can seriously affect your health and the risks of developing complications are greater if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions.
It is recommended that you have the seasonal flu vaccine if you are over 65 or suffer from:
- Chronic Respiratory Disease
- Chronic Heart Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Chronic Neurological Disease
- Chronic Liver Disease
- Low Immunity
We will automatically try to contact all our 'at risk' patients annually when the latest 'flu jab' is released to us usually around October inviting them to attend our special Flu Clinic. The flu vaccine is also recommended if you are pregnant or a carer.
For more information go to: The Flu Vaccine -NHS and Child Flu Vaccine
THIS SEASONS FLU CLINICS 2018/19
Don't forget to get your flu jab this season!
We will invite eligible children and others at risk to the surgery for their flu vaccine over the coming months. Alternatively, telephone the surgery for an appointment.
If you are pregnant be sure to get yourself covered!
If you are housebound and unable to attend the surgery please telephone reception and we will make alternative arrangements for you to receive your flu vaccine.
The Nursing Team
DERBY ROAD HEALTH CENTRE