Information and advice to help you get through winter flu

Flu

Mowbray Group Surgeries will be starting our annual flu vaccination clinics in September 2020. Due to Covid-19 we will need to host our flu campaign differently this year.

To ensure that we keep patients as safe as possible when attending for their flu vaccination we will not be offering a walk in clinic. Your vaccination will be given in pre-booked appointments over the autumn period. Details of how to book your appointment will be detailed in your invitation letter or text. Patients who usually attend Hutton Rudby Surgery will have their vaccination given at Hutton Rudby Village Hall.

When you attend for your vaccination our team will be wearing PPE and we ask that you attend wearing a face covering. You should attend on your own (except if you require a carer or attending as a household bubble) and arrive only a few moments before your pre-booked appointment. Please bring your invite letter or text with you to your appointment and wear a short sleeved top.

Please note that we have been advised that people in the 50–64 year old age group will not be vaccinated in the first wave of invitations, and so no appointments will be offered for this age group until the second wave later in the year. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.

Flu vaccine

A flu vaccine is available for free on the NHS for all those who:

  • are 65 years old or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you’re the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • live with someone who’s at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter

An annual flu vaccine nasal spray is also offered to healthy children aged two and three, and to children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four.

You should have the flu vaccination every year so you stay protected, as the viruses that cause flu change every year.

What is flu?

Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you’ll usually begin to feel better within about a week.

You can catch flu – short for influenza – all year round, but it’s especially common in winter, which is why it’s also known as “seasonal flu”.

It’s not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses and the symptoms tend to start more suddenly, be more severe and last longer.

Symptoms

Some of the main symptoms of flu include:

  • a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
  • tiredness and weakness
  • a headache
  • general aches and pains
  • a dry, chesty cough

Cold-like symptoms – such as a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, and a sore throat – can also be caused by flu, but they tend to be less severe than the other symptoms you have.

Flu can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better.

What to do

If you’re otherwise fit and healthy, there’s usually no need to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms.

The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches if necessary.

Stay off work or school until you’re feeling better. For most people, this will take about a week.

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