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It’s almost time to protect yourself against Flu

Flu season is fast approaching and we are expecting our first batch of influenza vaccines to be delivered around mid-September.

Flu Vaccine West Heath
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
  •  are 65 years of age or over
  •  are pregnant
  •  have certain medical conditions such as :
  •  chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive  pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
  •  chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  •  chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
  •  chronic liver disease
  •  chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,  or  learning disability
  •  diabetes
  •  splenic dysfunction
  •  a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • 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
  •  are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact, or a social care worker

All children aged 2, 3 and 4 years old are also eligible and will be invited to attend the practice to be given the child nasal influenza vaccine.

Flu clinics will be held at the surgery on:

Wednesday 23rd September
9:00am-12:00pm and 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday 26th September
10:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday 30th September
9:00am-12:00pm and 5:00pm-8:00pm

To book an appointment to attend one of the clinics please call the surgery or pop in to arrange a time that suits you.

Here are a few myths about flu and the truths behind them.  http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Flu-myths.aspx