Flu Vaccination Campaign 2017-2018
We will commence with administering Flu vaccinations from October 2nd 2017.
We will be holding Walk In clinics (no appointment needed) on Saturday the 7th October at the following times and locations:
9.00am - 11.00am at our Clerk lands site in Vicarage Lane, Horley
1.00pm - 3.00pm at our Woodlands site in Tilgate, Crawley
You may attend whichever clinic is most convenient to you regardless of which surgery you would normally attend.
If you are not able to attend either of the clinics on that day please do not worry, we have allocated appointments during the week throughout October. Please speak to a member of our Patient Services Team who will be able to advise you and book an appointment for you.
Information about the Flu Vaccine
Each year, a vaccine is developed to protect against the strains of flu virus that are expected to be most prevalent that winter. This 'flu jab' is used not just in the UK, but throughout the Northern hemisphere. It gives good protection (70-80% reliability) against all strains of flu included in the vaccination and lasts for a year.
The entire process of developing the seasonal flu vaccine is led, organised and overseen by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The flu jab is offered to people in at-risk groups. These are people, such as pregnant women and the elderly, who are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu.
You should check now to see if you or members of your family are in an at-risk group
Conditions that put you at higher risk of flu
Want to know more about the conditions that put you at higher risk of flu, read our leaflet here.
Treating seasonal flu
If you are otherwise fit and healthy, you can manage your symptoms of seasonal flu at home (see below). You will usually get better without treatment.
If you are in an at-risk group and have flu-like symptoms, or if your flu symptoms are getting worse, see your GP. These groups are more likely to suffer complications from flu. You may be prescribed antiviral medication.
Antibiotics are not prescribed for flu as they have no effect on viruses. However, occasionally it may be necessary to treat complications of flu, especially serious chest infections or pneumonia.
Caring for yourself at home
Make sure you have plenty of rest and are taking paracetamol-based cold remedies to lower your temperature and relieve symptoms.
Some over-the-counter treatments can be given to children who have flu, according to the instructions supplied with each medicine. Under-16s must not take aspirin or ready-made flu remedies containing it.
Always read the medicine's label or check with the pharmacist that it is suitable for children to take.
Drink plenty of fluids while you are recovering. You may need to stay in bed for two or three days after your symptoms peak.