From December 2014 Primary Care are able to provide Flu vaccinations by a fully qualified Registered Nurse at our office in Gosforth.

The Flu Jab is available to everyone – you don’t have to work for Primary Care – please see vaccinations for more information

Seasonal human Influenza is a regular feature of our UK winter months and particularly affects the very young and the elderly. The Flu can be serious and lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Anyone can get very sick from the flu, including people who are otherwise healthy.

Influenza is caused by the flu virus. There are different strains of flu virus and it is passed from person to person through droplets created when someone with the infection sneezes or coughs. It can also be caught by touching a surface where the virus has been deposited. Flu can spread quickly.

Symptoms of Flu include:

  • high temperature
  • muscle aches
  • cough
  • headache
  • extreme tiredness

It can usually last between two and seven days and, although most people will fully recover, complications such as a chest infection or pneumonia can sometimes develop.

There are three types of flu virus - A, B and C.

Influenza types A and B cause most cases of flu. Each winter a different strain of the flu virus causes an outbreak which affects many people. This is called seasonal flu. During an outbreak of seasonal flu, if you get a flu-like illness, it is more likely to be caused by the prevailing flu virus than by any other. Most cases of flu usually occur in a period of six to eight weeks during the winter.

Swine flu is caused by a particular strain of influenza A virus which is called influenza virus A (H1N1v). It seems to affect children and young adults more commonly than those over the age of 60 years. Most people with this type of influenza have a mild flu-like illness. You are more likely to have sickness and/or diarrhoea with this type of flu.

The flu jab gives excellent protection against seasonal flu and lasts for one year. If 10 people have the flu jab, it will provide protection from flu for 7 or 8 of them.

The immunisation is made from the strain of flu virus that is expected in the coming winter. Each year this is slightly different, so a new jab needs to be made every year. You need a yearly jab to stay protected.

Flu jabs do not prevent other viral infections which can cause coughs, colds and flu-like illnesses. It protects only against the particular flu virus that is expected in the coming winter. The adults immunisation does not actually contain any living flu virus. This means that it cannot cause flu or any other infections – developing a cough or cold shortly after having a flu jab is purely coincidental!

Please see our Vaccinations page for more details.