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Fownhope Medical Centre
Common Hill Lane, Fownhope, Hereford, HR1 4PZ

email: fownhope.medicalcentre@nhs.net

Telephone: 01432 860 235
Fax: 01432 860 900
Prescriptions: 01432 860 241
District Nurse: 01989 769081
From 30th October our Dispensary will be CLOSED every day between 12noon and 1pm to allow staff time to process the increasing number of items that we dispense. See our News page for details...

Why is flu vaccination offered?

Influenza (usually referred to as flu) is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, mouth, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs). The symptoms are characteristically fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain and fatigue. Other symptoms include a cough, sore throat, blocked nose and diarrhoea.

 

For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week.

 

However, older people, the very young, pregnant women and those with underlying disease, especially chronic respiratory or cardiac disease, or those who are immunosuppressed, are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.

 

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalisations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu.

 

Extending flu vaccination to children will reduce the spread of flu in the community. This can prevent cases of severe flu and flu-related deaths in older people and those who are in risk groups.


Are there side effects from the flu vaccination?

Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the jab, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected. Since 2014 a nasal spray vaccine is offered for people under 18years. This means no needles - instead it is a quick spray up each nostril.

 

Contrary to popular belief, the flu vaccine cannot give you flu as it does not contain the active virus needed to do this.

 

Should I be vaccinated?

Look at the next page 'Are you at risk?' to see if you are eligible for a free flu vaccine. Also, see the 'Child immunisation against flu' page for information about young people.


Click here for the NHS leaflet: The Flu vaccination - who should have it and why?


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