***FLU CAMPAIGN 2019/20***

***Our 2019/20 Flu Campaign has begun!***

You can have your flu vaccine here at Earls Court Medical Centre, every day – all you need to do is walk in! We will also be holding special walk in clinics so give us a call on 0207 835 1455 to find out if you are eligible.

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy, it’ll usually clear up on its own within a week.

But flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:

  • adults 65 and over
  • people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • pregnant women
  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019
  • children in primary school
  • frontline health or social care workers

How safe is the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccines used in the national programme have a good safety record.

Flu vaccines that have been licensed recently in England have been thoroughly tested before they’re made available, and have been used in other countries with a good safety record.

When to have a flu vaccine?

The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to the end of November.

But do not worry if you have missed it, as you can have the vaccine later in winter. Ask a GP.

For more information please contact the practice, or head over to NHS Choices.