We would like to remind our patients that Flu Vaccines are now available for adults. Already we have provided vaccines for over 300 patients and have clinics running all through October and mid November.
Flu Vaccines are available to all patients over the age of 65, or under 65 with a Chronic Disease (Diabetes, Chronic Heart Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD or Stroke Problems). Carers are also entitled to the flu vaccine.
There is also new criteria for eligibility for the flu vaccine which includes those who are overweight.
Children's nasal vaccines will be available from mid October.
We have set up clinics not only in working hours, but also late on Tuesdays (along with Dr Finney's Extended Hours surgery) and early on Mondays from 0840 as we want to be as flexible as possible for those with commitments during the day.
For more information on flu, please click here.
Colds and Flu
Colds are very common and most of us will have a cold this winter. Colds and the flu are different illnesses caused by 2 different viruses.
Colds affect the nose, throat and upper airways causing coughing, fever, sore throat, sneezing and a blocked or runny nose. The cold usually lasts 3-5 days and you will be unlikely to need to see your GP. Advice on how to manage your symptoms can be given by your local pharmacist.
The flu also affects your nose and throat but can sometimes affect your lungs. You might also have a fever and sore throat but also muscle aches. You might need to see your GP:
- If you have asthma, diabetes, heart disease or if you are very elderly
- If you have a very high temperature
- If you have a child who is vomiting with no diarrhoea
- If you have a child with a rash and a fever
- If you have a child who stops drinking or is unusually sleepy
- If you have a child with a temperature which doesn’t get better with paracetamol and ibuprofen.
Antibiotics only work for bacterial infections and won’t work for colds and flu. Preventing the flu is best so remember to get the Flu Vaccine if you are eligible. Your GP practice has them in stock from September. If you need to speak to someone outside normal surgery times you should phone NHS24 on 111.