Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.
Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people. With COVID-19 still in circulation it is really important to reduce the number of those becoming ill with flu this winter to help protect them, the NHS and social care services. Research also shows that if you get both flu and COVID-19 at the same time you may be more seriously ill.
Flu can affect anyone, but if you have a long-term health condition the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well. You should have the free flu vaccine if you are:
- aged 50 years or over (You're eligible for the flu vaccine this year if you'll be aged 50 or over on 31 March 2022)
- or have a long term condition such as:
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis or emphysema
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- chronic liver disease
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
- a learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
You should also consider having the flu vaccine if you are:
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a household contact of an immunocompromised person aged 6 months and over
- a health or social care worker
We want to keep those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 well this winter and we do not want them to catch flu.
If you are eligible for a free Flu vaccination please call the surgery today on 01379 853217 option 6 to book your appointment
If you do not wish to take this opportunity for a flu vaccination, please call our cancellation line on 01379 855908, leaving your name, date of birth and first line of your address, declining the offer of invitation for this year. We would like to direct you to the NHS.uk website for more information on the flu vaccination and the benefits of having one before contacting us. The address details are: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Harleston Medical Practice
The children's nasal spray flu vaccine is safe and effective. It's offered every year to children to help protect them against flu.
Flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can be a very unpleasant illness for children. It can also lead to serious problems, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
Children can catch and spread flu easily. Vaccinating them also protects others who are vulnerable to flu, such as babies and older people.
Who should have the nasal spray flu vaccine
The nasal spray flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
- children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2021 – born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019
- all primary school children (reception to year 6)
- all year 7 to year 11 children in secondary school
- children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years and has a long-term health condition that makes them at higher risk from flu, they'll be offered a flu vaccine injection instead of the nasal spray.
This is because the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2 years.
The nasal spray vaccine offers the best protection for children aged 2 to 17 years. They will be offered the flu vaccine injection if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable for them.
If your child is eligible please call us today on 01379 853217, option 6 to book.