Dr David Crichton’s blog: It’s time to get your flu jab!

It’s time to get your flu jab!

 

It might be hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again.

The time of year when the clocks turn back, nights draw in and the weather turns cold. Help us help you this winter to stay well and fight the flu by getting your jab.

I had my annual flu jab yesterday, something I’d encourage others to do. Not only will it help protect me, it will also help me as a GP to protect my patients, family and friends. So far, I haven’t had any side effects and most people don’t. Some may develop a cold or slight temperature but this should settle without treatment in a couple of days.

For many people, a bout of flu makes you feel miserable but it’s not a serious illness. If you are generally healthy, you will usually recover from it within a week.

But some people are more at risk of developing potentially serious health problems from flu, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and sometimes death. The NHS offers the flu vaccine free of charge to the following groups:

  • are 65 years old or over
  • children aged six months to two years at risk of flu
  • women who are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease
  • are very overweight
  • are living in a long-stay care home
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for someone who may be at risk if you fall ill

 

School nurses across Doncaster will also offer jabs to children aged four to eight years and like last year, all front-line NHS and social care staff are being encouraged to have a flu jab to help protect their patients and those they care for.

This year there are three forms of the flu vaccine; nasal drops for young children, the usual jab for under 65yrs old but for those 65yrs and over there’s a new more effective version for this age group.

If you do not fall into the above criteria, you can still purchase a jab at many local pharmacies across Doncaster. So please do your bit and help protect yourself and others – let’s fight the flu together. Further information about flu can be found on the NHS website.

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