Flu Vaccine

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Its that time of year when those diagnosed with COPD are advised to have the annual flu jab in order to help preserve lung health.  If you've been diagnosed and not heard from your GP surgery give them a call to check when the flu vaccine is available.

Scroll down the page link below to view who should have the flu vaccine:

https://patient.info/health/influenza-and-flu-like-illness

Check 'Before having the influenza vaccine' :

https://patient.info/medicine/influenza-vaccine

Keep in mind those with egg intolerrance will need to make this known to your doctor who can order in an alternative vaccine.

You shouldn't have the vaccine if you have a lung infection are getting over a cold or pneumonia, check with your doctor if its safe for you to have one.

Who shouldn't have the flu jab :

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/who-shouldnt-have-flu-vaccine.aspx

The 2015/2016 flu jab protects again three types of flu virus:

Each year, the viruses that are most likely to cause flu are identified in advance and vaccines are made to match them as closely as possible. The vaccines are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO has announced that the 2015/16 flu vaccine will protect against three types of flu virus:

A/H1N1 – the strain of flu that caused the swine flu pandemic in 2009

A/H3N2 – a strain of flu that can infect birds and mammals and was active in 2011

B/Phuket/3073/2013

The nasal spray flu vaccine offers protection against four strains of virus, as it includes a virus strain that was active in 2008. 

Read more:  

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx

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