Flu Clinics 2020
Please remember to arrive at the time stated, no earlier, no later and wear a face mask.
50-64 Flu Update
We are pleased to say we now have these in the surgery. Invites will be going out via text message or letter. Please contact Kings Langley on 01923 261035 or Longmeadow on 01442 833295 to book your appointment.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition.
It will not stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it’s not a 100% guarantee that you’ll be flu-free, but if you do get flu after vaccination, it’s likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.
There’s also evidence to suggest that the flu vaccine can reduce your risk of having a stroke.
New flu vaccines are produced each year, which is why people advised to have the flu vaccine need it every year, too.
Can the flu vaccine prevent Covid-19?
The flu vaccine is designed to prevent infections with influenza viruses, which are very different than coronaviruses. The flu vaccine won’t prevent you from getting a coronavirus, but it can help official`s better respond to the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus.
Flu vaccine side effects
Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.
How safe is the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccines used in the national programme have a good safety record. Flu vaccines that have been licensed recently in England have been thoroughly tested before they’re made available, and have been used in other countries with a good safety record.
Is there anyone who should not have the flu vaccine?
Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past. Further information can be found at the following NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/