Ahead of the upcoming flu season, Hazelhill Family Practice is now providing the flu vaccine for our patients.
No one likes to be laid up with the flu. A dose of the flu can leave people out of action for a week.
Even more seriously, the flu can pose extremely serious health effects for some at risk groups.
Flu symptoms include sore throat, running nose, muscle aches, dry cough, headache, fatigue and fever.
Contact the practice to make an appointment for the flu vaccine and avoid these problems. The quickest way to make an appointment is through this website. We also take appointments by phone.
The flu vaccine works by helping your immune system produce antibodies. These antibodies then fight the flu virus if they come into contact with it.
The flu vaccine is particularly recommended for the following groups:
- People who are 65 years of age and over.
- People who are pregnant.
- Children or adults with long term health conditions.
- People who are working in healthcare.
- A carer or household contact of those who have at increased medical risk of flu.
- Anyone working in a nursing home or other long term care facility.
- People who are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.
Those who are taking medicines called combination checkpoint inhibitors should not get the flu vaccine, while anyone who has had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose should also avoid taking the vaccine.
It is also recommended that flu vaccine appointments should be re-scheduled if you have an acute illness with a temperature above 38°C.
Please note, it can take up to 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to take effect. That’s why we encourage our patients to make their appointment sooner rather than later.