ADULT FLU VACCINES
We are now booking appointments throughout October including two Saturday Clinics for patients who are eligible for a flu vaccine.
To find out if you are eligible for a flu vaccine please click HERE
Myths about Flu and the Flu Jab
"I've had the flu jab and it actually gave me flu"
The flu jab does not give you the flu. Some people can experience side effects that feel a bit like flu but these go away after a day or two. The part of the flu virus in the jab given to adults in the UK is inactivated and so cannot cause the flu. The jab does take around 2 weeks to become fully effective, so you could catch flu until your immunity has built up. It is best to have the flu vaccine at the start of the flu season in early October, but its still worth getting vaccinated any time before the end of the flu season.
"Flu is just a bad cold, isn't it?"
No! Its much more than that! Headaches, a high temperature and a sore throat may make it feel like a cold, but your also likely to have muscle aches, feel shivery and be too weak to even get out of bed. Flu can also develop into more serious illness - such as Pneumonia or Bronchitis, and some people have to be admitted to hospital with flu complications.
"You only get a bad bout of flu if you're old or unwell"
While its true people in poor health are more at risk, anyone can develop severe flu symptoms. Some people (such as the elderly or pregnant women) are at increased risk of flu complications, even if they are in good health.
The Pneumococcal vaccine is also available for patients at risk or over 65 years old. This can be given at the same time as your flu vaccine.
CHILDREN'S FLU VACCINE
In the autumn/winter of 2019/20, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019 – that is, children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2017
- all primary school children
- children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions
Where will my child have their flu vaccine?
Children aged 2 and 3 will be given the vaccination at their general practice, usually by the practice nurse.
Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on 31 August 2019. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice.
Primary school children will be offered their vaccination in school.