Seasonal flu happens every year, usually in the winter. It's a highly infectious disease caused by a virus and spreads easily from person to person. Flu is far more serious than a cold. Symptoms can hit you suddenly and severely and usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles - you can get a cough and sore throat at the same time. Some people can develop complications from flu infection requiring admission to hospital. In some cases, flu can kill.
A vaccine is available every year to protect those people who are most at risk of developing these complications.
- Aged 65 years and over
- Those living in a residential or nursing home
- The carer of an older or disabled person
- Aged 6 months and over with any of the following medical conditions:
- A heart problem
- A chest complaint or breathing difficulties including asthma that requires regular steroid inhalers / tablets
- 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), Cerebral Palsy or Post-Polio Syndrome
Don't delay - phone your GP Surgery today to make an appointment.
Are there any side effects?
The seasonal flu jab does not usually cause side effects.
Sometimes, it can cause mild fever and slight muscle aches for a day or so.
Flu immunisation cannot cause flu, as there is no live virus in a flu vaccine. However, people sometimes catch other flu-like viruses, or very occasionally catch flu before the vaccine takes effect.
Allergic reactions to the vaccine are very rare.
If you have a serious egg allergy, please speak to your GP practice as a few people may not be able to have the vaccine.
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