It’s that time of year again where ‘flu season is fast approaching. It is the most common of the winter illnesses and can be deadly. Fortunately there are effective vaccines to prevent or reduce the severity of the infection. These are free to all patients over 65, and also to younger patients who are at increased risk due to diabetes, heart, kidney liver and neurological disease (strokes and MS), obesity or are pregnant. We also encourage all carers and workers in health and social care to protect themselves.
This year there is a vaccination for over 65s, a slight different one for everyone else, plus the usual nasal drops for children. We vaccinate 2 and 3 year old and all the others are done at school.
We hope to vaccinate most of our patients in early October, with two Saturday morning clinics on 5th and 19th October and dedicated clinics every weekday during that two week period. We will also vaccinate opportunistically if you are seeing us for another reason, provided you are not unwell on that day. Please ring the surgery or book online for your jab.