Every year, at the onset of the winter months, the seasonal flu (Influenza) circulates with the potential to infect people of all ages. At Hazelhill Family Practice we certainly start to see flu cases from this time of year onwards, as well as a strong demand for the flu vaccine.
Symptoms include headache, fatigue, an increase in body temperature as well as general aches and pains. The common cold, by contrast, generally starts with a sore throat and a runny nose.
The flu virus is an unpredictable virus. Complications of flu include bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections. Because a number of different variations of the flu virus exist, we advocate that our patients get vaccinated each year.
HSE research has shown that increased vaccinations lead to a reduction in the rates of flu-like illness which in turn means less hospitalisation. In Ireland, between 200 and 500 people die from flu each winter.
How the flu vaccine works
The flu vaccine helps the immune system to produce antibodies which will prevent infection when the vaccinated person comes into contact with the flu virus.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
Children aged 2-12 years can receive the vaccine free of charge. We administer the vaccine by nasal spray.
We recommend vaccination for everyone and particularly for those in the following groups:
- People who are over 65 years old
- Anyone with long-term medical conditions
- People with Down Syndrome
- People with a body mass index (BMI) of over 40
- Pregnant women (can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
- Healthcare workers and carers
- People living with those in an ‘at-risk’ group
When to book your flu vaccine appointment?
At Hazelhill Family Practice we recommend that you book your flu vaccine as soon as possible before the virus is in greater circulation. The added factor of Covid-19 in our community means it’s now more important than ever to look after our health and that of our loved ones.
How do I make an appointment at Hazelhill Family Practice?
To book your flu vaccination consultation at Hazelhill Family Practice click here.
You can also call the Hazelhill Family Practice on 094 9630091/ 094 9632170.