Winter is coming

Winter is coming

Influenza (Flu) is a highly infectious disease caused by the influenza virus with symptoms including fever, chills, headaches, fatigue; and joint or muscle aches that come on rapidly. The flu can leave you feeling unwell if you are normally in good health; however for anyone with lowered immunity, Flu can be life-threatening.

Globally, up to 650,000 people die each year due to flu or flu-associated complications.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others; and is more effective to get the vaccine before the start of the flu season (December to March). Vaccination is recommended for:

  • frontline health and social care workers.
  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems, their carers and close contacts
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition or chronic disease (such as diabetes, kidney or respiratory disease etc.)

Prevention:

You can prevent yourself catching flu or spreading it to others by:

  • washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water
  • regularly cleaning surfaces such as your computer keyboard, telephone and door handles to get rid of germs
  • using tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • putting used tissues in a bin as soon as possible
  • avoiding unnecessary contact with other people while you are infectious
  • Staying off work or school until you are feeling better.
  • Take your flu vaccine.

The Flu Vaccine is available at the Primary Care Centre and Child Health Centre as from October 1st  weekdays from 2pm-4pm.

If you have not had the flu vaccine before, you will require a referral for the vaccine from your GP.

For more information, read about Influenza here.