Flu Vaccine Campaign
Flu vaccines are available annually and usually start in September/October.
At risk groups include:
– All aged 65 and over
– Anyone with diabetes
– Anyone with respiratory (lung) problems including asthma
– Anyone with long-standing kidney disease
– Anyone with heart disease
– People who live in nursing homes, residential homes or any long-stay facility
– Anyone whose immune system is not working well either because:
You were born with it not working
You are having a course of treatment such as steroids, cytotoxics ie cancer killing drugs, radiotherapy
You have a disease eg AIDS or HIV, no spleen or your spleen not working normally
Possible After Effects:
After the injection the area around the injection site MAY become red, swollen, tender, bruised or painful. Occasionally, you may develop a Flu-like illness with headache, shivering etc. These effects usually settle within 24 to 48 hours.
Treat any flu-like illness by taking Paracetamol (as directed), plenty of fluids and rest.
If you are worried contact your GP or practice nurse.