Flu Vaccine Now Available At 3fivetwo
As flu (Influenza) season approaches again we are all faced with the decision about whether or not we should try to avoid it by having a preventive vaccination against the flu. In our latest blog, GP Roger Brown advises those of us who should be getting the seasonal vaccination.
As flu (Influenza) season approaches again we are all faced with the decision about whether or not we should try to avoid it by having a preventive vaccination against the flu.
There are many of us who should have the vaccination, not because we are more susceptible to the influenza virus itself, but because we are more likely to have serious repercussions from the illness that follows. Those of us who are diabetic, who have Heart, stroke or lung disease, who are having chemotherapy or other cancer treatments, who have an organ transplant, who have other chronic illnesses, or who have had their spleen removed should all have the flu jab every year, and most of that group should also have a one-off Pneumococcus vaccination too (Pneumococcus causes a type of Pneumonia). If you are pregnant you should also have a flu jab as this is particularly important.
'All over 65’s are also advised to have an annual influenza vaccination'
All over 65’s are also advised to have an annual influenza vaccination as this elderly group certainly are at a much higher risk of serious complications of influenza. Everyone in a care home, that is residents and staff, or other care facilities like long term hospitals should have the vaccination, and all front line health workers including social workers should have the jab. Even if you are a carer for someone with a chronic illness and you care for them in their own home, you should have a flu jab.
Real Influenza is a serious illness, and most people who talk about having flu or a “wee touch of the flu” actually don’t have it at all. Someone famously said that if you thought you had the flu and you were too unwell to go over and pick up a £50 note on the ground that you spotted, you probably have flu, but if you could do it you just have a bad cold! The headaches, muscle aches, sweats and profound fatigue are typical of flu, and the runny nose sore throat and cough are the only things that it has in common with a cold or other respiratory infection. The flu jab doesn’t protect you against the cold however, and people who say it does are misinformed. It also doesn’t protect everyone who is vaccinated, but, those who are unfortunate enough to still develop a flu illness after being vaccinated have a much milder version of influenza.
'The flu viruses have learned how to evolve and change enough for previous antibodies that we might have produced in our bodies to be ineffective.'
The flu jab must be given every year as the flu viruses that hit the UK each year are usually slightly different to the previous years - the flu viruses have learned how to evolve and change enough for previous antibodies that we might have produced in our bodies to be ineffective.
Many people who decline to have the vaccination give the excuse that they had a bad flu after a previous exposure to a flu jab, but this is physically impossible as the influenza vaccination does not contain a live virus, and cannot multiply and reproduce inside your body. If someone has told you this, or you think you have experienced this, it really is just an unfortunate coincidence in these cases.
3fivetwo Healthcare can offer vaccination to any of these “at risk” groups, but at 3fivetwo we can also offer vaccination to anyone who would simply prefer to prevent this infection even though they are healthy. This can be arranged with the bookings team and will be carried out by one of the Nurses or Doctors working in the Private GP service.
Please call us on 0845 60 06 352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will contact you.
Click here to download our flu information leaflet