It is that time of year again!
Our adult flu vaccines have now arrived and we strongly urge those over 65, those who are Carers, pregnant or in an ‘at-risk’ group to take up our offer of a free flu vaccination as soon as possible.
Flu can cause serious illness and kills up to 30,000 Britons a year.
The ‘at-risk’ groups include:
- Pregnant women
- Patients with heart disease
- Chronic renal disease
- Chronic obstructive airways disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Those who are immunosuppressed
Those with chronic health problems are more likely to develop pneumonia and other complications.
Adults with asthma are seven times more likely than non–asthmatics to die if they catch flu, and for those with heart disease the risk is 11 times higher. If you have liver disease the risk rises almost 50-fold.
Age weakens immunity which is why the elderly are more vulnerable to complications, while changes to the immune system, heart and lungs in pregnancy put mothers-to-be at extra risk.
Flu is also dangerous for the unborn baby and can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or stillbirth.
Under-5s are more likely to be admitted to hospital with flu than any other group and are ‘super-spreaders’ of the virus. Children have a simple nasal spray vaccine (NOT another injection). Our children’s vaccines should arrive by the beginning of November. Preschool children will be invited by the surgery – other children will be immunised at school.