Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.
FLU VACCINATION AUTUMN CLINIC DATES – OCTOBER 17 (see latest news section)
Drop in clinics for flu vaccinations for those entitled will take place 1200 - 1400 on the following dates:
Surnames beginning with:
Thurs 5 Oct A - H
(not Fri 6 Oct as stated in the Colinton Dell magazine)
Tues 10 Oct I – McM
Thurs 12 Oct McN - R
Tues 24 Oct S- Z
Thurs 26 Oct Catch up
These clinics are for:
- all patients over 65 years of age on 31/3/18
- all children between 2 and 5 (born between 2/9/2012 and 1/9/2015) who are not yet at school
- Any patient 6 months old and under 65 who is in an at risk clinical group. eg chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease, asplenic/spleen dysfunction; reduced immunity due to disease or treatment;diabetes and asthma (only if on steroid inhalers), with a BMI greater than 40.
- if pregnant
- an unpaid carer