Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation
- Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus.
- The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains.
- You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.
Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?
Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Please phone the surgery during September to make an appointment if the above applies to you.
We offer 'at risk' groups the flu vaccine at a certain time each year to protect you against the flu virus.
Who Is At Risk?
You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:
- Aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
- Or have:
- a serious heart or chest complaint, including asthma,
- serious kidney disease,
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment.
Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?
Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk.
ALL healthy children who are aged 2, 3 and 4 years old are invited to receive a new flu vaccine this year. This is in the form of a nasal spray. Find out more...
For information and dates on any upcoming flu clinics please check the 'Events' page.
If you are eligible and have not yet had your flu vaccination this year, please contact the surgery.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Flu and the Flu Vaccine - NHS Choices