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Headcorn Surgery

Headcorn Surgery

Grigg Lane
Headcorn
Kent
TN27 9AA
Phone: 01622 890294
Fax: 01622 891754
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Click here for full details of all routine vaccination and immunisations for children and adults from Summer 2015

 

 

September 2016 starts the new flu vaccination programme , please contact the surgery to book your appointment as soon as possible:

 

The flu jab

Flu vaccination by injection, commonly known as the "flu jab" is available every year on the NHS to protect adults (and some children) at risk of flu and its complications.

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.

However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them. 

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS as an annual injection to:

  • adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
  • children aged six months to two years at risk of flu

Find out more about who should have the flu jab.

 

Flu nasal spray vaccination

The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS as an annual nasal spray to:

  • healthy children aged two, three and four years old plus children in school years one and two. 
  • children aged two to 17 years at a particular risk of flu

Read more about the flu nasal spray for children.

 

Is there anyone who shouldn't have the flu jab?

Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu jab in the past.

Read more about who shouldn't have the flu vaccine.

You can find out more by reading the answers to the most common questions that people have about the flu vaccine.


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