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.)
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.