Hammersmith and Fulham residents are reminded to get their flu vaccinations as the winter months approach. The vaccination is critical in particular for people with long-term conditions, small children, and over 65-year-olds.
Residents can get the safe and painless vaccination at GP surgeries, some pharmacies, and, for children in years one or two, through school in the form of a nasal spray. Children and young people between two and seventeen who have a long-term condition will also be offered the vaccination in the “needle-free” form of a nasal spray.
Flu is common and the virus can cause highly unpleasant symptoms including headaches, tiredness, nausea, and joint pain. It can be very serious and can result in hospitalisation. Small children can be at risk of complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection. In some extreme cases it even be life-threatening.
The dangers of flu are particularly high for patients with a long-term condition, such as asthma, and for residents who are carers, are over 65, are pregnant, or children aged two, three and four (i.e. if they were born between September 1 2010 and August 31 2013). These groups are all strongly advised to get a flu vaccination as soon as they can.
Find out more about how to access a GP in Hammersmith and Fulham, including where each GP practice is and what their opening hours are, here.
Find out more about how to access a pharmacist in Hammersmith and Fulham here.
For more information contact Sebastian Baugh at Sebastien.Baugh@nw.london.nhs.uk.