Influenza (flu) is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. It is a common infectious viral illness, spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you’ll usually begin to feel better within about a week. The symptoms include; a high temperature (of 38C or above), tired/weakness, headaches, general aches & pains and a dry chesty cough. Although vaccinations are given to prevent you from catching this, there is not cure for the flu. However, if symptoms continue for over 2 weeks please seek medical advice.
Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter. Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to patients aged 65 years and over and for those deemed to be at greater risk because of certain medical conditions and pregnancy. To see if you are eligible this year, contact the practice for further details or visit the NHS website.
WHEN IS IT AVAILABLE?
Our surgery offers an annual flu clinic from September for all patients that are eligible. The doctors and nurses also give them opportunistically during their clinics, so please ask for one during your appointment. Should you be house-bound and need immunisation, then please ask for a routine home visit to have this done.
CHILD NASAL FLU:
Children are also at risk of catching the flu due to their low (but growing) immune system. We offer a child nasal flu each year to those who are available (usually aged between 2-6) and a letter will be sent out to their guardians should they be eligible. The nasal flu is grown on egg cultures so please inform the nurse if you know your child has an egg allergy. Please follow the link to the NHS website for more information on what the flu is like with children.