Flu Vaccinations in Cardiff and South Wales

Our Vaccinations Services:

  • Flu Vaccinations
  • Swine Flu
  • Seasonal Flu Jabs
  • Vaccinations for Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flu Vaccinations

Who should have it and why?

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious disease caused by a number of flu viruses. The most likely viruses that will cause flu each year are identified in advance and vaccinesare then produced to closely match them.As with most seasonal flu vaccines, this year’s vaccine will protect against three types of flu virus and includes protection against swine flu..

How serious is flu?

Flu symptoms hit you suddenly and sometimes severely.They usually include fever, chills, headaches and achingmuscles, and you can often get a cough and sorethroat at the same time.Antibiotics are unable to treat Flu as it is caused by viruses and not by bacteria.

For some people flu can increase the risk ofdeveloping more serious illnesses such as bronchitisand pneumonia, or can make existing conditionsworse. In the worst cases, seasonal flu can resultin a stay in hospital, or even death.

You should considerhaving the seasonal flu vaccination , even if you feel healthy, if you have:

  • a heart problem
  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, includingbronchitis or emphysema
  • a kidney disease
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment(such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
  • a liver disease
  • had a stroke
  • diabetes
  • a neurological condition, for example multiplesclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
  • a problem with your spleen, for example sickle celldisease, or you have had your spleen removed.

Who else should considerhaving a flu vaccination?

You should have the seasonal flu vaccination if you are:

  • aged 65 years or over
  • living in a residential or nursing home
  • the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • a frontline health or social care worker, or
  • pregnant (see the next section).

What about my Children?

If you have a child who has one of the conditions listed above, they should have a flu vaccination.These children are more likely to become more ill ifthey catch flu and it could make their existingcondition worse. For children under 13 years of age, the vaccination is given in two doses a month apart.

Don’t wait until there is a flu outbreak this winter:take action now to receive your flu vaccination. To arrange a flu vaccination contact CCR Private Medical Practice on 029 2076 4611 or visit www.privategpcardiff.co.uk