The Flu season is upon us again and we are now seeing lots of cases at the surgery.
For most people flu is an unpleasant illness but not a risky one. It will give you a miserable few days of respiratory symptoms, muscle aches and pains and severe weariness. You may have a temperature, a cough, a sore throat or an upset stomach. The majority of people have symptoms for about one to two weeks and then recover with no problems.
If you are over 65 or have a chronic health condition, but have not had a flu jab, please phone to book an appointment for a flu jab - although if you are attending the surgery for anything else please ask the doctor or nurse if you can have your flu jab at the same time. This will save you a second trip.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Influenza–flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
- people aged 65 or over,
- people with a medical condition affecting their heart, lungs, liver, kidneys or nervous system,
- people living in a residential or nursing home,
- the main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill,
- healthcare or social care professionals directly involved in patient care, and
- those who work in close contact with poultry, such as chickens.
For more information on flu immunisation, including background information on the vaccine and how you can get the jab, see Seasonal flu jab.
There is a full guide on the NHS immunisation website or you can download the pdf guide here
HPA - Season Flu Guide
RCGP - The battle against flus and colds
BUPA - Seasonal Flu guide
FLU ALERT: SWINE FLU
Swine flu initially spread around the world, and we had many cases in Haverhill.
A vaccine is available to those at higher risk from the disease.
However the swine flu infection seems to have died down for now.
Swine flu was not usually a serious threat to health (although rarely, it can be), but for most people it does feel unpleasant. It is like the flu, not just like a normal cold. If you have swine flu you will have flu like symptoms including sore throat, runny nose, temperature and cough. You will feel rotten and may need to rest/go to bed.