Flu is a serious and potentially life threatening infection. Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:
- a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
- an aching body
- feeling tired or exhausted
- a dry cough
- a sore throat
- a headache
- difficulty sleeping
- loss of appetite
- diarrhoea or tummy pain
- feeling sick and being sick
The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.
The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others.
This year our Flu Vaccine Clinic is being run at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (Nevil Rd, Bristol BS7 9EJ). Thanks to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and their very generous offer of the use of their facilities, we will be able to operate a socially distanced queuing system and strict infection control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We have also created dedicated clinic times for shielding patients only.
The Government has expanded who is being offered the flu vaccine, for more details about this please see the NHS website www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine
Whilst we’ve received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to vaccine delivery later in the year.
This allows us (GP’s and community pharmacists) to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first; if you are in this category you will be contacted.
If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December.
For more information on why you may have to wait for your flu vaccination can be found on this website.