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Flu 2020/21 Posted on 13 Dec 2020

Flu can be serious – please have your flu vaccination.

By having the flu vaccination, you will help protect yourself and others from what can be a severe, and sometimes fatal, illness which could lead to a hospital treatment. 

Our Flu clinics commenced on Tuesday 22nd September and they run on:

Tuesdays: 8:45am – 11am

Wednesdays: 5pm – 8.30pm

Thursdays: 8:45am – 11am and 1pm-5pm

Saturdays: 8.30am-12.30pm

Please call the reception team on 020 7795 8470 to book an appointment for the Flu Clinic. 

 

 If you haven’t had your free flu jab, please book it urgently – it’s not too late.

 

If you are over 65 years old, have a long term medical condition, are pregnant or a young child (aged 2-3), you may get seriously ill if you catch the flu. The NHS has a free flu jab waiting for you, speak to your GP or pharmacy and protect yourself and your household this winter. More information visit - www.grenfell.nhs.uk 

Please watch the below video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiRSBOjYsHU&feature=youtu.be

The flu jab for under 65s at risk 

People with certain serious and long-term health conditions are more at risk during the cold weather and flu can worsen their health problems.

See the short video from Dr Yasmin Razack explaining why it’s especially important – and not too late - for people with conditions like asthma or diabetes to get their flu jab: https://bit.ly/drrazak-flu-lthc

Flu can cause serious complications if you have a long term health condition, so it is important that you get the flu vaccine.

You may already have received an invite from your GP practice.

Please make an appointment with your GP or local pharmacy to get the flu jab. 

 

The flu jab for pregnant women:

Catching flu in pregnancy can lead to increased risks for both pregnant women and their babies. Vaccination against flu reduces these risks. Serious complications of flu in pregnant women include pneumonia, septic shock (a severe and life-threatening infection of the whole body), Meningitis and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

Flu vaccination in pregnancy also means that flu antibodies are transferred through the placenta to the baby. This gives the baby some protection against flu for the first few months of life. The vaccine is inactivated and cannot cause flu itself. It is safe to have the vaccine at any stage during the pregnancy.

See the short video from Dr Ranj Patel explaining why it’s important for pregnant women to have the flu jab: https://bit.ly/drpatel-flu-pregnancy

 

The flu vaccination for children:

Flu can be horrible for young children - it can cause high fever, painful ear infections, acute bronchitis, pneumonia and even hospitalisation. Children can easily pass it on to those around them who could be vulnerable - even if they don't show any symptoms. The free flu nasal spray is easier to give to children than the injection, is the best way to protect your child and can prevent the spread of the virus. For more information see http://bit.ly/child-flu

The nasal flu spray won’t give your child the flu, it won’t give them Covid, and it won’t give them autism.

See the short video from GP Vicki Cooney explaining why it’s important and safe to vaccinate your child against the flu: https://bit.ly/VickyCooneyFlu2-3.

Children aged 2-3 years (on 31 August 2020) will be vaccinated by general practice. 

You may have already received an invite from your GP practice. If you haven’t heard from them, ask your GP about your child's free flu nasal spray. 

Children aged 4-11 year-olds in reception class and school years 1-7 will be vaccinated in school.  If your school does not offer the flu vaccination or your child missed their vaccination then please contact the school vaccination delivery team on 0203 317 5076 to book an appointment.

Vulnerable housebound patients:

All vulnerable housebound patients will be receiving the vaccination in their homes via the District Nursing team.

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group can now be vaccinated, providing there is sufficient vaccine. Please call us to book an appointment.

 

Eligible patients over the age of 18 can now book a flu vaccination at their local community pharmacy. Please call us first to check if we have appointments available.

Book your flu vaccination online at any local pharmacy other than Boots via https://myvaccinations.co.uk . Tesco pharmacy  https://tesco-pharmacy.qudini.com/.

Book your vaccination at Boots online at https://www.boots.com/online/pharmacy-services/winter-flu-jab-services

 

 

The Abingdon Medical Practice team is working hard to ensure all eligible patients can have the flu vaccination either at the practice or at a local pharmacy.  Please keep checking our website for further updates.

 

Flu myths and the facts: 

https://www.grenfell.nhs.uk/news-and-publications/news/flu-myths

 

 

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