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If you would like to help support the future of General Practice then please have your vaccination at your surgery.
Influenza Vaccinations – 2018 Campaign
At this time of year we start to get enquiries from patients about our annual flu campaign and we expect to start being able to vaccinate eligible patients from the end of September.
Traditionally, the campaign runs from late September through to December and most people are aware that patients aged 65 or over (as at 31/3/2019), some children and those who are pregnant are eligible for a free vaccination through the NHS.
However, there are various medical conditions, shown below, that can cause the symptoms of flu to be particularly severe and the Department of Health recommends that these patients are also vaccinated.
Patients eligible for a vaccination under the NHS
- Patients aged 65 or over on 31 March 2019 (date of birth on or before 31/3/1954)
- Pregnant women – at whatever stage of pregnancy
- All children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2016 are eligible for the flu vaccine. Invitations are currently being sent to the parents of children in this age group together with further information on how to get their child vaccinated.
- School aged children (reception to year 5) will be offered the vaccine at their school. Further details regarding how pre-school children will be vaccinated with be advertised on our website shortly.
In addition, patients in any of the medical condition groups below (aged from 6 months) are eligible for the free NHS vaccination: -
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- chronic neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- respiratory diseases such as severe asthma, cystic fibrosis and COPD including those who suffer from chronic bronchitis and emphysema
- patients who suffer from a condition or are on a course of treatment such as chemotherapy that can result in them having a weakened immune system
- dysfunctional spleen
- patients who have suffered a stroke
- patients with a learning disability
- patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and above
- Carers – those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main Carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the Carer falls ill
(If you work for a registered residential care or nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider you may be entitled to a flu vaccination. Please speak to a member of the nursing team for more information as you will need to provide some documentation before the vaccination can be provided)
If you are unsure whether you are entitled to a flu vaccination then please speak with a member of the reception team.
The first of our two Saturday 'flu clinics' was held on the 29 September and further clinics will be arranged in October and November as stocks of the flu vaccine are received.
What is seasonal flu?
Flu is a highly infectious and very common viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes. It is not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses and symptoms tend to be more severe and last for longer.
Flu causes a sudden high temperature, headache and general aches and pains, tiredness and sore throat. You can lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a cough. Flu symptoms can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better.
Some people are more susceptible to the effects of flu. For them it can increase the risk of more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or make existing conditions worse. In the worst cases, seasonal flu can result in a stay in hospital, or even prove fatal.
I think I’ve already had flu.
As you won’t know which flu virus has caused your flu, you should still have the vaccination to protect you against the other flu viruses as soon as the illness has gone.
I had the seasonal flu vaccination last year. Do I need a further flu jab this winter?
Yes. The viruses that cause flu change every year. This means that the flu strains that will be circulating this winter will be different from last year, so the vaccine you need to protect you will be different as well.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have the vaccination?
Almost everyone can have the vaccine, but you should not have it if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a flu vaccine or one of its ingredients. This happens very rarely.
If you have had a serious (anaphylactic) reaction to egg, please speak to a member of the nursing team before visiting the surgery to have the injection. They may decide that you should be vaccinated with an egg-free vaccine.
If you have a fever, the vaccination may be delayed.
Will I get any side effects?
Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the jab, and your arm may be a bit sore where you are injected.
I am pregnant - is the vaccination safe for me and the baby?
It is recommended that all pregnant women should have the flu vaccine because there is good evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine is safe during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks up to your expected due date.
Women who have had the flu vaccine whilst pregnant also pass some protection on to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
It is safe for women who are breast feeding to have the vaccination.
Where can I find further information?
Further information is available from http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Vaccinations/Pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx or if you have any specific questions please speak to a member of the reception team who will ask one of the nurses to contact you.