Should I get a flu jab? A GP explains why.

Flu occurs every winter in the UK and is a key factor in NHS winter pressures. Its length and severity can vary but last year alone almost three times as many people died of the flu in 2017 than in 2016[1].



The flu virus spreads easily – and can be contracted when an infected person coughs, talks or sneezes and droplets get in your nose or mouth.

A flu vaccine is one of the best protections against Flu. It is simply not just a bad cold, it can make some existing conditions worse and lead to other conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia. It is easy to get done. Should people not like needles, technology has produced a needle-free alternative nasal spray can be used for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years eligible for the flu vaccine[2].

Patients should make an informed choice whether or not they want to get the jab, with more and more people eligible every year.

We’re often asked as doctors whether people can contract the flu from having the jab – but this is not the case because it uses a dead form of the virus. Pregnant mums also come to us concerned they cannot have the flu jab at the same time as the whopping cough but that’s not the case and mums-to-be can have both jabs at the same time[3].

Some lucky individuals can get through the season flu-free but when people do fall ill they turn to their GP for help, often waiting up to two weeks for an appointment. While we’d recommend people to receive the flu jab, if people are unsure, they can talk to us first before making an informed choice.

Stop making excuses and get on top of your winter wellness, book in for your flu jab and together we can all stop flu going viral.

Our Birmingham clinic is centrally located, you can book your jab over the phone, online or you can walk-in, whatever suits you,
and throughout this flu season, we are offering it to our valued clients for just £10.
 
Book an appointment today, get protected and get yourself informed of the facts.
 
If you'd like to book an appointment or make an enquiry, please give us a call on
0300 247 0121.

This winter – get a jab, not the flu.

 

 

[1] Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/25/three-times-more-people-dying-from-flu-in-uk-than-last-winter

[2] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

[3] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/flu-jab-vaccine-pregnant/