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Lambton Road Medical Practice

at 1 Lambton Road, London SW20 0LW | t: 020 3883 5900 | f: 020 8946 2627 | e: Merccg.correspondenceH85051@nhs.net

OUR CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Friday 22nd December 8am-630pm
Saturday 23rd December 9am-1pm
Sunday 24th December - SURGERY CLOSED
Monday 25th December - SURGERY CLOSED
Tuesday 26th December - SURGERY CLOSED
Wednesday 27th December 8am-8pm
Thursday 28th December 8am-8pm
Friday 29th December 8am-8pm
Saturday 30th December 9am-1pm
Sunday 31st December - SURGERY CLOSED
Monday 1st January - SURGERY CLOSED
Tuesday 2nd January 8am-8pm

0208 946 2627

Flu and the Flu Vaccine

 

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus.

 

If you're at risk of complications from flu, make sure you have your annual flu vaccination available from September onwards.

 

Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat.

 

Because flu is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won't treat it.

 

Anyone can get flu, but it can be more serious for certain people, such as:

  • people aged 65 or over
  • people who have a serious medical condition
  • pregnant women

If you are in one of these groups, you're more vulnerable to the effects of flu (even if you're fit and healthy) and could develop flu complications, which are more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which could result in hospitalisation.


Flu can also make existing medical conditions worse.


Read more about flu.


 

Should you have the flu vaccine?


See your GP about the flu vaccine if you’re 65 or over, or if you have any of the following problems (however old you are): 

  • a serious heart complaint
  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
  • serious kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
  • if you have a problem with your spleen or you have had your spleen removed
  • if you have ever had a stroke
  • 
Your GP may advise you to have a flu vaccination if you have serious liver disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or some other diseases of the nervous system.

 

Can I get a flu vaccine privately?

 

Yes, you can pay for the flu vaccination privately if you’re unable to have it on the NHS. It is available from some pharmacies and GPs on a private patient basis.

 


 

Pregnant women and the flu vaccine

 

If you're pregnant, you should have the flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached. Pregnant women are more prone to complications from flu that can cause serious illness for both mother and baby.

 

If you are pregnant and catch flu, talk to your GP urgently as you may need treatment with antiviral medicine.

 

Read more about the flu vaccine in pregnancy.


 

 

Children and the flu vaccine

 

You may have read that all children are now able to have the flu vaccine on the NHS. This isn't quite true. Although it's been recommended that all children between the ages of 2 and 17 should have an annual flu vaccination.

 

In the meantime, it's important that children with a long-term health condition receive the flu vaccine because their illness could get worse if they catch flu. This includes any child over the age of six months with a long-term health problem such as a serious respiratory or neurological condition.

 

If you have a child with a long-term condition, speak to your GP about whether they should have the flu vaccination.

 


 

Carers and the flu vaccine

 

If you’re the carer of an elderly or disabled person, make sure they’ve had their flu vaccine. As a carer, you could be eligible for a flu vaccine too. Ask your GP for advice, or read our information about Flu vaccines for carers.

 

How to get the flu vaccine

 

If you think you need a flu vaccination, check with your GP, practice nurse or your local pharmacist.

 

The best time of the year to have a flu vaccination is in the autumn from September to early November. Most GP surgeries arrange flu vaccination clinics around this time. It’s free and it's effective against the latest flu virus strains.

 

Even if you've already had a flu vaccination in previous years, you need another one this year. The flu vaccine may only protect you for a year. This is because the viruses that cause flu are always changing.


 

 

The Pneumococcal vaccine

 

When you see your GP for a flu vaccine, ask whether you also need the Pneumococcal vaccine to protect you against some forms of pneumococcal infection. Like the flu vaccine, it’s available free on the NHS to everyone aged 65 or over, and for younger people with some serious medical conditions.


 

 

How effective is the flu vaccine?

 

No vaccine is 100% effective, however, people who have had the flu vaccine are less likely to get flu. If you do get flu despite having the vaccine, it will probably be milder than if you haven’t been vaccinated.

 

The flu vaccine doesn’t cause flu as it doesn’t contain live viruses. However, you may experience side effects after having the vaccine, such as a temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards. Your arm may feel sore at the site where you were injected. More severe reactions are rare.

 

The flu vaccine only protects against flu, but not other illnesses caused by other viruses, such as the common cold.

 


 

Who shouldn’t have the flu vaccine?

 

You shouldn't have the flu vaccination if:

  • you've had a serious reaction to a flu vaccination before
  • you have a high temperature (postpone it until you're better)

Not all flu vaccines are suitable for children, so discuss this with your GP beforehand.

 

Speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist if you have any further questions.

 

Read more about the flu vaccine.

 

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