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Seasonal Influenza Vaccination

This vaccination reduces the risk of serious lung damage from influenza. The vaccine cannot cause flu itself, because it contains no genetic material, but sometimes people have reactions, and if these are severe it is probably best for them to avoid the flu jab. In one series of 930 cases in a large general practice, nobody had a serious flu jab reaction. 

Flu vaccination is free on the NHS for people who are at greater risk:

  • Pregnancy
  • Heart problems
  • Chest problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Lowered immunity caused by disease or treatment EEG steroids or chemotherapy
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke or mini stroke (TIA)
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological problems e.g. multiple sclerosis or learning disability
  • Problems with the spleen
  • Severe obesity
  • Aged 65 for older
  • Living in a residential or nursing home
  • Carer of an older or disabled person
  • Frontline health or social care workers
  • Household contact of an immunocompromised person
  • Children of a certain age

We offer several clinics in the autumn to give people every chance of having a flu vaccination. Please call us for your appointment; flu can circulate on into May so it is not too late to benefit even in March. 

For further details see  Booklet on Flu Vaccination by NHS

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