The seasonal influenza is a highly contagious viral illness of the respiratory tract that can be life threatening. Deaths from seasonal flu occur most commonly in people aged 65 years and over and also infants. Therefore it is very important to receive an annual flu vaccination if you are 65 years or over or have any long term health condition. Also if you are pregnant you should get an annual flu vaccination.
Flu vaccination is recommended for:
• Persons aged 65 and over
• Those with a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart or lung disease
• People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment
• Persons with a body mass index (BMI) over 40
• Pregnant women (can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
• Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
• Healthcare workers
The most common side effects will be mild and may include soreness, redness or swelling where the injection was given. Headache, fever, aches and tiredness may occur. Some people may have mild sweating and shivering as their immune system responds to the vaccine, but this is not flu and will pass after a day or so.
Contact us today if you would like to discuss your flu vaccine or make an appointment to have the vaccine administered.