Flu Jab More Important Due to COVID

Flu Vaccination London

flu-immunisationHealth experts are warning that it is more important than ever to get the flu jab to protect from influenza this season, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firstly, the NHS are predicting a big year for flu as fewer people will have built up natural immunity in recent times.

Secondly, research shows that you’re more likely to be seriously ill if you happen to get flu and coronavirus at the same time.

The best protection is through getting vaccinated against both flu and COVID-19.

It takes up to 2 weeks for flu immunisation to be fully effective, so the advice is to arrange a flu jab as early as possible.

Remember, as with COVID-19, getting the flu jab is not just about protecting yourself, it also helps to prevent the disease spreading to others who may be at higher risk.

Coronavirus vaccination does not provide any protection against the flu virus, so it is important to get both for full protection.

October 2021 Flu Jab, London

The Smart Clinics now has stock of two types of flu vaccine:

  • Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine
    • Suitable for adults, including pregnant women
    • Suitable for children from 6 months of age
  • Fluad Tetra Vaccine
    • Suitable for elderly adults from the age of 65 and over

Flu jab bookings can be arranged at all London clinics:

Flu jabs stocks are reserved for our members first. Non-members are welcome to book but fees will apply.

In addition, we are able to arrange coronavirus vaccination for our members at a local NHS facility. This is a free of charge service for those that are registered in our medical scheme.

Flu And Coronavirus

The key facts are:

  • You CAN catch both flu and coronavirus at the same time as they are separate viruses
  • Research shows that risks are significantly higher for those who catch both at once
  • You CAN immunise against the flu AND coronavirus, thereby reducing the risks of serious illness
  • Flu and COVID-19 can both be deadly
  • Both flu and COVID-19 are highly contagious (easily spread)

Flu Facts

  • Flu kills an average of 11,000 in England each year
  • In addition, flu accounts for hundreds of thousands of GP visits and tens of thousands of hospitalisations
  • Full-blown flu is a very unpleasant illness caused by a virus
  • The virus is highly contagious and can be passed through coughing, sneezing or by touching contaminated surfaces
  • Flu often results in at least 2-3 days in bed and therefore time off work, school or normal commitments
  • It leaves you feeling tired and run down for weeks until you feel fully better

Flu ‘At Risk’ Groups

Flu jabs are provided on the NHS for those in groups deemed to be at risk. For 2021-2 flu season, the government plan to vaccinate record numbers, in order to reduce numbers who get flu as well as coronavirus, thereby reducing pressure on the NHS. This includes:

  • Patients aged 50 or over
  • Pregnant women
  • People with a medical condition deemed at risk of flu and/or its complications (including but not limited to respiratory diseases, asthma, heart/kidney/liver disease, neurological conditions, diabetes, immunosuppression, sickle cell anaemia, missing spleen, coeliac disease, learning disability, overweight with BMI 40+)
  • People in long-stay residential care
  • Carers of people at risk of flu complications
  • People living with someone at high risk of coronavirus (NHS shielded patients)
  • Frontline health and social care workers

This list is not conclusive, doctors can recommend flu vaccine in other circumstances.

In addition, many adults choose to pay privately for a flu vaccine every year, in order to avoid the unpleasantness and inconvenience of what is a very serious and often avoidable illness.

The Smart Clinics

The Smart Clinics is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee. Private dentistry is also available as an optional extra and available in their Chelsea clinic.

The Smart Clinics brings together a host of medical professionals offering patients high quality health services in a choice of accessible London clinic locations:

For more information contact us on info@thesmartclinics.co.uk or call  020 7052 0070.

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