Western Vale Family Practice –
‘Your Family is Our Practice’
BEAT FLU BEFORE IT BEATS YOU!
The annual Flu immunisation programme is underway in time for the coming winter – and those eligible for a flu vaccine are being urged not to wait for us to contact you – please telephone the Practice ASAP to book directly.
Are you at Risk?
Last year, fewer than half (46.9%) of people in risk groups (65+, Pregnant, Carer, having a long term health condition), did not protect themselves against Flu, a virus, which can and does kill every year.
This year, those at risk are being urged to get their free vaccination as early as possible from their GP Practice, before the flu season (December to March).
Sister Charlotte Torres, Nurse Practitioner at Western Vale Family Practice, explains why the influenza vaccination is vital:
“Flu is a serious illness caused by a virus that affects the lungs and airways. Symptoms generally come on suddenly, and can include fever, chills, headache, cough, muscle aches and fatigue. For those in an at risk group, flu can be deadly.
Flu cannot be treated with antibiotics. Make sure you do not put yourself at risk by missing this potentially life-saving opportunity. The vaccination also helps prevent the spread of the virus, so getting vaccinated helps keep you and your loved ones safe. It’s a win-win.”
Sister Torres warns that even if you had the vaccine last year, it is very important to get it again this year. She said:
“Immunity wanes and the Flu virus changes every year so you should have it again now for best protection this winter.
Don’t delay; book your flu vaccine today!”
For more information about Flu generally, visit www.beatflu.org