FREE SWINE FLU JAB FOR ALL REGISTERED PATIENTS
With the winter flu season approaching, we would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the swine flu vaccination available from our surgery.
We are eager to provide a swine flu vaccination programme for all registered patients. As recommended by the Department of Health, the people that will be able to have the vaccine are those whose health is most at risk.
Those who have been identified as being most at risk are:
*People aged between six months and up to 65 years that have an ongoing health condition such as; asthma and chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic renal disease, illnesses of the nervous system, and diabetes.
*People whose immune systems are not working properly due to disease or treatment such as cancer treatment, HIV positive people and people who have had treatment with steroids for a prolonged amount of time.
*All pregnant women.
*People aged 65 years and over who have any of the ongoing health conditions listed above.
If you are eligible we would strongly advise that you take advantage of the free vaccine to prevent catching flu and developing potentially dangerous complications.
If you usually have a seasonal flu jab you should still have this as well. The seasonal flu jab does not protect against swine flu and the swine flu jab does not protect against seasonal flu. You can have both the seasonal flu jab and swine flu jab at the same time.
Help safeguard yourself by booking an appointment at your earliest convenience. To book an appointment, or find out about having your swine flu jab, please contact the One Medicare surgery where you are registered if you have not already done so.
You can find out more about swine flu both locally and nationally by asking your doctor, nurse or pharmacist, by calling NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or by logging on to the following websites:
NHS Direct - www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
Health Protection Agency - www.hpa.org.uk
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (for travel advice) - www.fco.gov.uk
World Health Organization - www.who.int
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