Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough.
Symptoms can last for up to a week.
We are currently planning to hold flu clinics on the following days:
- Cinderford – Saturday 26th September
- Ruardean – Wednesday 30th September
- Cinderford – Saturday 17th October
- Ruardean – Wednesday 4th November
Additional sessions for children may also be arranged.
Due to COVID restrictions, these will no longer be ‘drop-in’ sessions as they have been in the past, instead you will be given an appointment.
In order to prioritise the most vulnerable patients first, you will be called or sent a text or email over the coming weeks if you:
- have a serious long-term health condition*
- children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition*
- children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2020 (that is, born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018)
- are 65 years old or over
- are pregnant
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
- receive a carer’s allowance, or you’re the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- live with someone who’s at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter
- work in a registered residential care or nursing home
- work in a registered homecare organisation
- work in a hospice
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
Children in primary school and children in year 7 (secondary school) will be offered through the school age immunisation service.
Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to 50-64-year-olds. More information will be available later in the autumn.
If you have any queries please contact the surgery.
*chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis, chronic heart disease, such as heart failure, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis, chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy, a learning disability, diabetes, problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed, a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy