Seasonal Flu Vaccination 2017
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious and you will usually recover within a week.
However, flu can develop into more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which could lead to a stay in hospital or even death in some cases.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.
Flu vaccination is offered to patients who are pregnant, or aged 65 and over, or have diabetes.
It is also offered to patients who have a long term condition of the lungs, eg asthma or COPD, heart, brain or nervous system, kidneys, liver, immune system or spleen. If you are in any doubt as to whether you qualify for a free vaccination, you should contact the surgery for advice.