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Influenza Vaccination

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Find out below if you are eligible for a free Flu vaccination

 

How you can book your appointment:

Call us on 01706 646 234 and speak to a receptionist

Or

Email us on hmrccg.stonefieldstreetsurgery@nhs.net and we will send an appointment time out to you!

Please note appointment times will be between 08:00 and 12:00 on Saturday 30th September

 

Flu is a virus that can cause illness in most people. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition. Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu and these people are advised to have a flu jab each year.

For otherwise healthy people, flu can be very unpleasant but most people will recover from flu within a week or two.

Studies have shown that the flu jab will help prevent you getting the flu. It won't stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it's not a 100% guarantee that you'll be flu-free, but if you do get flu after vaccination it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been. The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu as well as spreading it to others. It’s more effective to get the vaccine before the start of the flu season (December to March).

 

Who can have the Flu vaccination at Stonefield Street Surgery?

  • Carers
  • Children
  • Pregnant Women
  • People with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40
  • People aged 65+
  • People with serious long term conditions

 

Carers

 

If you are the main carer for someone who is elderly or disabled, please give us a call to arrange having a flu jab along with the person you care for.

To book an appointment for your free Flu vaccination you can us call on 01706646234 or email us on hmrccg.stonefieldstreetsurgery@nhs.net

 

Children

 

Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between two and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.

The vaccine is given as a single spray squirted up each nostril. The nasal spray is quick, painless, and works even better than the injected flu vaccine.

The vaccine is absorbed very quickly. It will still work even if, after the vaccination, your child develops a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose.

 

Children should delay their nasal flu vaccination if they:

  • have a runny or blocked nose
  • are wheezy
  • If a child has a heavily blocked or runny nose, it might stop the vaccine getting into their system. In this case, their flu vaccination should be postponed until their nasal symptoms have cleared up.

If a child is wheezy or has been wheezy in the past week, their vaccination should be postponed until they have been wheeze-free for at least three days.

Child Side Effects

The nasal spray flu vaccine has few side effects – most commonly getting a runny nose after vaccination for a few days.

 

To book an appointment for your free Flu vaccination you can us call on 01706646234 or email us on hmrccg.stonefieldstreetsurgery@nhs.net

Pregnant women

 

If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached.

That's because there's strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.

 

If you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:

  • It reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia
  • It reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birth weight because of the flu
  • It will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life.


To book an appointment for your free Flu vaccination you can us call on 01706646234 or email us on hmrccg.stonefieldstreetsurgery@nhs.net

 

Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40

 

You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year if you have a BMI greater than 40. If you believe you have a BMI of 40+ please contact the surgery.

 To book an appointment for your free Flu vaccination you can us call on 01706646234 or email us on hmrccg.stonefieldstreetsurgery@nhs.net

 

65+

 

You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year if you are aged 65 and over on March 31 2018 –that is, you were born on or before March 31 1953. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2018, you do qualify.

To book an appointment for your free Flu vaccination you can us call on 01706646234 or email us on hmrccg.stonefieldstreetsurgery@nhs.net

 

People with serious long term conditions

A free flu vaccine is offered to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:  

  • Asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease 
  • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis 
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis (MS) 
  • Diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed 
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy.

To book an appointment for your free Flu vaccination you can us call on 01706646234 or email us on hmrccg.stonefieldstreetsurgery@nhs.net

 

Adult 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 were injected.

Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu jab in the past.

 

 

How you can book your appointment:

Call us on 01706 646 234 and speak to a receptionist

Or

Email us on hmrccg.stonefieldstreetsurgery@nhs.net and we will send an appointment time out to you!

Please note appointment times will be between 08:00 and 12:00 on Saturday 30th September

 

 

 



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