Are you eligible for a FREE flu vaccination to keep you well this winter?
Surgeries across Cannock Chase will be offering flu jabs to all eligible registered patients from September
Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat.
Because flu is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won't treat it, however, the flu vaccine will help to prevent it. The vaccine is safe and has been used for many years.
Anyone can get flu, but it can be more serious for certain people, such as:
- people aged 65 or over
- people who have a serious medical condition
- pregnant women
If you are in one of these groups, you're more vulnerable to the effects of flu (even if you're fit and healthy) and could develop flu complications, which are more serious illnesses such as bronchitis http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Bronchitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx and pneumonia, which could result in hospitalisation.
Flu can also make existing medical conditions worse.
Should you have the flu jab?
If you're 65 or over, or if you have any of the following problems (however old you are):
- a serious heart complaint
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
- serious kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
- if you have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- if you have a problem with your spleen or you have had your spleen removed
- if you a nominated carer for someone
Your GP may advise you to have a flu jab if you have serious liver disease, multiple sclerosis or some other diseases of the nervous system.
All of the practices within the Cannock Chase area will be allowing patients to either drop in on a designated day or pre-book for their flu jab from September.
Contact your GP practice to find out how you can get yours.