Flu season is almost upon us.
Information regarding signs and symptoms of the flu can be found here http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Flu/Pages/Symptoms.aspx
The Welsh National Assembly Government are offering advise regarding the ‘Flu vaccine. More details can be found here… http://wales.gov.uk/topics/health/cmo/publications/cmo/2014/flu2014-15/?lang=en
Each year, individuals are offered a vaccine to protect against different strains of the ‘flu virus. Public health Wales http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=457&pid=25480 informs us that it offers very good protection and is approximately 70-80% reliable.
The vaccine is effective for a year.
It is particularly recommended for –
* Those aged 65 and over.
*Those who are pregnant
*Those living in care homes or other long stay facility ie/ prisons.
*Those who may be a main carer for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you become unwell.
*Health or social care workers
…& for those with a serious medical condition such as –
*Chronic respiratory disease ie: Asthma
*Chronic heart disease ie: Heart failure
*Chronic kidney disease
*Chronic liver disease
*Chronic neuro disease ie: T.I.A., stroke
* Those with a weakened immune system.
For further advice please speak with your G.P and / or your practice nurse.