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Seasonal Flu Vaccination

flu vaccinationsFlu (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.

AT RISK GROUPS:

Chronic Liver Disease

Chronic Neurological Disease

Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment

Chronic Renal Disease

Chronic Heart Disease

Chronic Respiratory Disease - Asthmatics currently on a steroidal inhaler (brown)

Diabetes

Pregnant Women

Anyone aged 65 or over as at 31/3/2017

FLU REMINDERS

This year, for the first time, we are using a secure data company to send reminders to patients who are eligible for flu vaccination but have not yet been vaccinated. We provide the data company with a list of telephone numbers – we do not give any other information, so confidentiality is maintained. Their automated system then sends a phone or text message reminding patients about flu vaccination. The list of telephone contacts is then securely destroyed. The data company will not use the telephone details for any other purpose, nor will they pass them on to a third party.

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