Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.
CLELAND PARK SURGERY ANNUAL FLU & SHINGLES CLINICS
The Influenza and Shingles Vaccination Programme for winter 2014–2015 begins in late September . If you are in one or more of the high risk groups listed in the attachment below you will receive a personal letter of invitation to attend the surgery for flu vaccination. If you do not receive your letter and you think you ought to have the vaccine please contact reception. Patients in the eligible age groups to receive the shingles vaccination will have their flu vaccination administered at the same time.
Flu - clinical risk group 2014 Shingles - information sheet