Latest update - 12.10.2020
We have Flu Clinics running on specific days including Saturday Clinics throughout the whole of October/November. You must call to book an appointment for one of our Flu clinics which have been designed to maintain social distancing and allow extra time for infection control.
“Just” the flu?
Each year the flu kills on average 11,000 people and hospitalises thousands more. There’s no “just” about it.
The flu virus spreads from person to person. Even amongst those not showing symptoms.
The flu vaccine is the best protection for you and those around you and it’s available for free to those most at risk.
A flu vaccine is available for free on the NHS for the following:
· Pregnant women
· Parents of children aged 2-11 years old
· Members of a shielding household
· 65+ years old
· Frontline health and social care workers
· Those living with a long-term health condition, such as:
o a heart problem
o a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
o kidney disease
o lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
o liver disease
o had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) ·
o a neurological condition, e.g. multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy ·
o a learning disability
o a problem with your spleen, e.g. sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
o are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
Dr Francis Oladimeji said: “The flu is not the same as getting a cold. It can seriously affect your health and the risks of developing complications are greater for people within the ‘at-risk’ groups. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to a stay in hospital, or even death. In this unprecedented year, it is vital that we do all we can to protect ourselves and others from the virus this winter.” Find out more.
Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to people aged 50 to 64. More information will be available later in the autumn.