In most cases there is nothing to worry about. Within a week with rest and treatment from your pharmacist you should start to feel better.
This year Public Health England is concerned over the increased number and severity of Flu cases. If you are pregnant, over 65, have a long term medical condition, or a weakened immune system, you may be at risk of severe illness and/or complications.
Current guidance from the Department of Health asks GP's to consider the use of specific antiviral medication to treat flu. This is most effective if given within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.
Symptoms of flu include:
- High Temperatures (usually >38 degrees)
- General symptoms of Unwell such as: Headache; Feverish; Muscle/Joint pains; Fatigue
- Respiratory Symptoms such as: cough; sore throat; nasal congestion
If you feel as though you are suffering from flu (with all of the above symptoms) and are in an at risk group, please CALL your surgery reception. Please let them know you think you may have Flu, and you have received a text message from the practice. DO NOT visit the surgery in person - you will be contacted by a member of our clinical team via telephone, who will assess your symptoms.
WHO CAN RECEIVE THE FLU VACCINATION ON THE NHS?
If you suffer from certain medical conditions or are a carer, you can have your flu vaccination for free on the NHS. To see if you are entitled to this free vaccination please speak to your surgery or check the notes on the back page of this leaflet.
If you do not fall into any of these categories, but are worried about contracting flu during the winter, either speak to your GP for advice or visit NHS Choices website - www.nhs.uk
If you still feel that you would like to have a flu vaccination after checking this information then you would have to pay for it privately.
Private Flu vaccinations can be sourced either via going to a pharmacy such as Boots, Tesco, Asda or one of the local pharmacies, or this can be supplied via Quay Medical Care at your surgery.
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