Make an appointment for your flu jab

IT’s that time of year again, the weather is getting colder and huge amounts of people start to get the flu.

Thursday, 15th September 2011, 12:32 pm

Just like in previous years, flu vaccines are available from the end of September for Hebden Bridge Group Practice patients. 

Flu is a viral infection. It is passed on when people breathe in liquid droplets containing the influenza virus that have been sneezed or coughed into the air, or when people touch objects contaminated with the virus. The virus can cause infections all year round, but in the UK it is most common in the winter.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, sore throat and muscle aches. They appear quickly, last for about seven days and generally leave you exhausted for weeks afterwards. One minute you’re fine, the next you’ve been knocked for six and are too ill to even get out of bed in the morning. 

If you have had the vaccine in the past or are in one of the at risk groups you should come to the practice to get the vaccine. Risk groups that allow the vaccine are all patients aged 65 years and over, and all patients aged six months to 64 years in a clinical at risk group such as: chronic respiratory disease and asthma which requires continuous or repeated use of inhalers; chronic heart disease; chronic kidney disease; chronic liver disease; chronic neurological disease such as stroke or multiple sclerosis; diabetes; and immunosuppressed patients.

Patients living in long-stay residential care homes and patients who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person, are also recommended to have the vaccine. Please contact Hebden Bridge Group Practice for an appointment with the nurse from the last week in September to get your flu vaccine.