If you are over 65, pregnant or eligible due to an existing condition, please ring the surgery for an appointment. At this time if appropriate you may be offered a pneumonia and or shingles vaccination. This will be confirmed to you by the reception staff when you check in.
For more information on influenza see below
Complications of Flu
In a small proportion of cases serious complications can follow flu. The
most common complication is a secondary infection with bacteria or
viruses causing pneumonia which can be fatal. Other complications
include inflammation of the heart muscle or the brain. Influenza can
also aggravate underlying chronic disease. Studies have shown that
following epidemics of influenza caused by the type A strains of the
virus, deaths from all registered causes can increase.
PLEASE INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OF AN EGG ALLERGY
There are two main types of flu virus responsible
for human epidemics - the A and B types. It is type A which is more
likely to change in the way described (drift) and is the usual cause of
epidemics. If the number of flu cases in a population reaches
400/100,000 this is regarded as an epidemic. Influenza type A tends to
cause more severe infections than influenza type B.
pandemic is caused by a major change or " shift" in the type A virus.
It is defined as when influenza affects a high proportion of the global
population. Pandemics of the last century occurred in 1918, 1957 and
1968. The ( Spanish) pandemic of 1918 had a dramatic effect on the
world's population in that at least 20 million people died worldwide.
In England and Wales alone it was responsible for 200,000 deaths. The
impact on death rates was so severe that it decreased average life
expectancy by 10 years.
Flu is spread
from person to person by infected droplets, which are secreted from the
respiratory tract of an infected person. These infected droplets are
dispersed by coughing, sneezing or talking. A single infected person
can transmit virus to a large number of susceptible individuals. Humans
are the main sources of influenza infection but it is known that
horses, pigs and birds can harbour and spread the virus to man. For
example, the Hong Kong flu of 1997 originated in chickens.
Treatment of Flu
Antiviral medicines are available on prescription and they reduce the
severity and duration of the illness. Generally these drugs should be
taken within the first 48 hrs of onset of the symptoms of flu.