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Influenza is a common illness during the winter months. If you are normally fit and healthy then
although extremely unpleasant it is not normally dangerous. If you have a chronic health condition
or are in an at-risk group than immunisation is recommended because it reduces the chances that
you may need admission to hospital for 'flu or and reduces the chances of dying from influenza.
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Flu vaccines are prepared during the late summer and
early autumn and the exact "recipe" is adjusted to
account for anticipated flu strains expected to hit the
UK during the winter season. Supplies are released to
surgeries on a set schedule and that allows us to
immunise our patients.
If you are not in an at risk group the NHS does not
provide vaccination. You can obtain it from a private
provider - and many pharmacies offer this service. NHS
rules prevent us offering it to our own patients.
In December each year there may be some 'flu vaccine
left over and we offer it on a first come, first served
basis free of charge. However, for maximum
effectiveness, it is worth getting immunised as early in
the season as possible.
Flu vaccinations for the 2012/13 season have finished.
Vaccines for the 2013/14 season will be released in the
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At risk groups:
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties
(including bronchitis or emphysema)
- asthma that requires continuous or repeated
use of inhaled or systemic steroids
- a kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment
(such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- a liver disease
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological condition, for example multiple
sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
- a problem with your spleen, for example sickle cell
disease, or you have had your spleen removed.
- aged 65 years or over
- living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a frontline health or social care worker