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Last winter in Calderdale we experienced unprecedented levels of demand both in GP surgeries and in the hospitals. We would like our patients to do everything they can to stay fit and healthy, and avoid needing to go to hospital. We are therefore strongly encouraging all of our patients eligible for the flu jab to come and get vaccinated. I

The Flu vaccination is available for FREE every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Flu can be unpleasant but if you are normally fit and healthy it will clear up on its own within a week. However, the flu virus can be more severe in certain people such as:

  • Anyone aged 65 and over
  • Pregnant women

Children and adults with an underlying health condition such as:

  • chronic (long term) respiratory disease such as asthma (which requires an inhaler or tablet steroid or has led to hospital admission in the past). COPD, emphysema or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson's Disease, motor neurone disease, MS
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with your spleen e.g. sickle cell disease or if your spleen has been removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of a condition such as HIV, AIDs or medications such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • those serious overweight (BMI of 40 and over)
  • those living in residential care homes
  • those caring for elderly or disabled people who's welfare would be at risk if you were to get flu

This list isnt exhaustive, if you are unsure as to whether you are eligible just contact us and we will check your record. 

If you would like further information on the flu vaccination please click here

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