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Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccinationsFlu clinics have finished for this year.

Flu (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.

If you are aged over 65, are pregnant or suffer from an illness such as asthma, diabetes or coronary heart disease or are a Carer, you are strongly advised to have a flu vaccination.

Following DoH guidelines, in the first instance flu vaccinations are offered only to those who are pregnant, over 65 years of age or who suffer from a chronic disease, and Carers.

 
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