This page provides information on the importance of flu vaccinations for people who are in high risk category.
Flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect the windpipe and lungs. And because it’s caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.
The best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts.
You should have the free flu vaccine if you are:
- or have one of the following long-term conditions e.g. a heart problem, a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, etc. (please check with your GP)
- are seriously overweight
- aged 65 years or over
- living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a household contact of a person with low body resistance for example, those receiving cancer treatment.
- a frontline health or social care worker
- children of a certain age: all two, three or four years of age; all children in school years 1 and 2; all primary school aged children.
Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. The Flu vaccines are given in the autumn.
What do I need to do now?
Speak to your GP or practice nurse, or alternatively your local pharmacist, to book a vaccination appointment and get the best possible protection.
Please find below list of pharmacies delivering flu vaccinations in Doncaster:
- Pharmacies delivering Flu Vac
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For further information, see NHS Choices