Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.
You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
- being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
- eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2019 – that is, children born between September 1 2015 and August 31 2017
- Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2019. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice.
- Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings.
Adult Flu Vaccine Clinics
If you are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination look out for your invitation to one of our adult flu clinics this year. We will be holding them for patients over the age of 65 on both Saturday 21st September and Saturday 28th September at our Marlow Surgery. A clinic for patients aged under 65 will be running at Marlow on Saturday 26th October (patients over 65 are also welcome to attend this clinic). For those that are unable to get to Marlow the Lane End Surgery will be offering a limited number of pre bookable appointments on Saturday 26th October for patients aged both under and over 65. If you need to attend this clinic please ring Lane End any weekday after 11am to book a Lane End appointment on 01494 881209 but we ask that you please attend a Marlow Clinic if at all possible.
If you have any queries please contact the surgery.