Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

    • are 65 years of age or over
    • are pregnant
    • have certain medical conditions
    • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
    • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
    • or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
      • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
      • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
      • chronic kidney disease
      • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
      • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
      • diabetes
      • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
      • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
      • being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
    • eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2019 – that is, children born between September 1 2015 and August 31 2017
    • Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2019. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice.
    • Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings.

Flu Clinics

Its Flu Season: Be sure to Protect yourself!

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine please ring to book in for an appointment this Saturday morning.

We will also have a flu clinic on the 2nd November, so you can just drop in to the practice on that day from 09:00-11:45

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