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Seasonal Flu Vaccination 2019/2020
Posted on 3 Sep 2019
If you are over 65 years old, have a chronic disease or learning difficulties, are pregnant or a Carer you are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Please speak to a member of our reception team who will be happy to make a flu vaccination appointment for you.
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.