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Flu & Pnuemonia Vaccinations

Flu & Pneumonia

Seasonal Flu

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.

We offer 'at risk' groups the flu vaccine at a certain time each year to protect you against the flu virus.

You are entitled to a flu jab if you are:

  • Over 65 years of age
  • Pregnant
  • Or have:
    • a serious heart or chest complaint, including asthma
    • serious kidney disease
    • diabetes
    • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
    • if you have ever had a stroke

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.

If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

For more information please visit the websites below:

Flu and the Flu Vaccine - NHS Choices

 

Pneumococcal Disease

What is it?
Pnuemococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria that can live harmlessly in the back of the nose and throat.

Am I at risk?
The Department of Health recommends pneumococcal vaccination for infants (as part of a routine childhood immunisation programme), those aged 65 and over, and those aged two months and over with a any of the conditions listed above.

How often do I need the vaccination?
Usually this is a ‘one off’ vaccination and the good news is that you can have it at the same time as you have the flu jab.

How can the vaccination help me?
It can help your immune system prevent a pneumococcal infection developing and the complications associated with this, so having the vaccine can help keep you well.

So if you are booking a flu jab why not book a Pneumovax  too (if you have not already had one).



 
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