Fight the Flu – Vaccines available from 1st October 2018
For the majority of people catching Flu is unpleasant, but for some it can lead to chest infections, severe complications and may result in death. Globally seasonal Flu accounts for 3-5 million causes of severe illness annually and between 250,000 – 500,000 deaths.
Get yourself vaccinated!
The Flu Vaccine is available for:
- Staff working in the healthcare profession or with/ around vulnerable people
Visit – St Bernards Hospital, Infection Control Office (5th floor, zone 2), Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 10:00 & 14:00 – 15:00
- The general public
Visit – the Primary Care Centre, Monday – Friday, 14:00 – 16:00
The World Health Organisation cites clean water and vaccination as the two greatest interventions to impact public health – vaccination works!! Seasonal influenza vaccines normally give 60-80% protection.
The seasonal Flu vaccine is given to millions of people globally each year. The specific strains of Flu may change each year but the vaccines are still thoroughly tested and are safe.
The risk of having a serious reaction (anaphylaxis) to the Flu vaccine is less than one in a million: much lower than the risk of getting seriously ill from the Flu.
If you have had an allergic reaction to any medication in the past or are allergic to hens’ eggs then you would need to seek advice from a clinician before having the vaccine.
THE FLU JAB CANNOT GIVE YOU THE FLU
It is impossible to get Flu from having the jab because the vaccine is inactivated it does not carry live viruses. A small amount of people will experience side effects such as aching muscles and ‘flu-ish’ for a day or two, but this is simply your immune system responding to the vaccine to create your immunity.
It does take two weeks to develop your immunity to the vaccine so have the vaccine early before Flu season starts.
SIDE EFFECTS OF THE FLU VACCINE ARE NOT BAD
For the majority the side effects of the Flu jab are mild or non-existent. The most common effects are a sore arm and redness around the site of injection and occasionally aching muscles for a day or two. These symptoms are less serious than having the Flu.
THE FLU VACCINE SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
Yes. Studies have shown that the flu vaccine is safe during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks up to your expected due date. The vaccine doesn’t carry risks for either you or your baby.
Women who have had the flu vaccine while pregnant also pass some protection on to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
The vaccine also poses no risk to women who are breastfeeding or to their babies.
YOU NEED THE VACCINE EVERY YEAR
If you had the vaccine last year you helped fight the Flu and took an extra step towards excellent patient care. Please do the same this year and every year thereafter. You will not be protected against new strains of Flu that are circulating.
ANYONE CAN GET FLU
The most common reason for not getting vaccinated is “I’ve NEVER had the Flu before”, there is no such thing as natural immunity to influenza; new strains are circulating each year so it’s best to get vaccinated against the Flu.