Seasonal Flu Vaccination 2014
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.
Seasonal Flu Clinic 2014
We held our annual flu vaccination clinics on Saturday 11 October 2014 with a follow up clinic on Saturday 8 November. Over 2000 letters were sent to eligible patients and to date almost 1700 patients have received the vaccine.
If you are eligible to receive the flu vaccine but were unable to attend these clinics please contact the surgery and arrange an appointment at our treatment room or ask the doctor.
Information leaflet available here; http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/sites/default/files/Pertussis%20fact%20sheet.pdf
PROTECTING YOUR CHILD AGAINST FLU
Vaccination for 2 and 3 Year Old Children
From aurumn 2014 the following children will be offered the flu vaccine at this practice:
All pre-school children who are aged two years or over on 1 September 2014 (ie children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 September 2012.)These children will be offered the vaccine at their GP surgery.
Primary school will be offered the vaccine at school by the school nurse.
HOW WILL THE VACCINE BE GIVEN
The vaccine will be administered as a spray up each nostril (Fluenz). The child can breate normally while the vaccine is being administered. There is no need to actively inhale or sniff.
For medical reasons a small number of children may not be able to receive Fluenz your health practitioner will advise
Further detailed information may be found at www.publichealth.hscni.net and follow the links