Now is the time to book your flu vaccine!

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This winter our 2022/23 seasonal flu vaccine will soon be in stock!!

Be winter ready –get flu vaccine

The flu vaccine will be available soon in Myshall Health Centre. It is best to be vaccinated early to reduce your risk of contracting flu. Please contact surgery at 059-9157633 to make an appointment.

 

Our doctor, Dr Hussain and our nurse, Lorraine, will be able to administer the vaccine and please ensure that you get yours!

 

How do I book in for a Flu vaccine?

The best way to book your flu vaccine is through our online booking system

If you have any queries or concerns as to whether you should receive the flu jab, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Who should get the Flu Vaccine?

Ideally everyone who does not have a reason not to!

 

You can get a free flu vaccine if you are:

People with these conditions can also get a free flu vaccine:

  • chronic heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome

  • chronic liver disease

  • chronic kidney failure

  • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma, or bronchopulmonary dysplasia

  • chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system

  • diabetes

  • Down syndrome

  • haemoglobinopathies

  • a body mass index (BMI) over 40

  • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including asplenia or hyposplenism, and all cancer patients)

  • children with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy

  • children on long-term aspirin therapy

  • any condition that can compromise respiratory function, like spinal cord injury, seizure disorder or other neuromuscular disorder, especially people also attending special schools or day centres

 

Free flu vaccines will be offered to carers or household contacts of people who have:

  • a health condition listed above

  • Down syndrome

Free flu vaccines will not be offered to household contacts of:

  • people aged 65 years and older, who do not also have a chronic health condition

  • pregnant women

  • children aged 2 to 17 years

  • healthcare workers

  • carers

I am not in the list above. Should I still get the vaccine?

 

Yes - the more people who get the vaccine the less circulating flu in our community. This reduces the risk of the most unwell in our locality being exposed to the flu, including sick children and those who are on chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as those who are too unwell to get any vaccines.

How long does it take influenza vaccine to work?

The vaccine starts to work within 2 weeks.

Why do pregnant women need influenza vaccine?

Influenza vaccination protects women during and after pregnancy.

• Pregnancy increases the risk of complications from influenza due to alterations in heart rate, lung capacity and immunological function.

• Influenza in pregnancy is associated with miscarriage, premature birth, and reduced foetal growth and stillbirth.

• Premature birth can lead to long-term medical and social consequences.

• Vaccination during pregnancy provides passive immunity to infants up to the first 6 months of life, when babies are too young to receive the influenza vaccine. Infants under 6 months have the highest rates of hospitalisation and death from influenza.

When should you not get the Flu Vaccine?

 

You should not get the flu vaccine if you:

  • have had a severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous flu vaccine or any part of the vaccine.

  • are taking medicines called combination checkpoint inhibitors, for example, ipilimumab plus nivolumab

  • are ill with a temperature greater than 38 degrees Celsius - you should wait until you are well before getting the vaccine.

  • If you have an egg allergy, you should talk to your us about getting the vaccine.