Influenza immunisation

Influenza immunisation is FREE for people who have epilepsy.

 

Influenza can be a serious illness

Influenza, commonly called the flu, can be a serious illness that is sometimes fatal. Infection with the influenza virus may lead to a stay in hospital for any age group but particularly if you are elderly or have an ongoing medical condition. Influenza can make an existing medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, a lot worse. Even if you do not end up in hospital, influenza can keep you in bed for a week or more, preventing you from doing work, sport or just about anything that requires leaving the house.

 

The influenza virus is different from a cold virus

A cold virus only affects the nose, throat and the upper chest and lasts for a few days, whereas influenza can be a serious illness that affects the whole body and can last up to a week or more.

 

You could come in contact with influenza at anytime

Influenza can be anywhere. Contact with the influenza virus is almost unavoidable, and while contact does not necessarily mean infection, it does mean that you are never far from the possibility of catching influenza. Protecting yourself, your family & your community By immunising against influenza you can protect yourself and lessen the chance of bringing it home to a baby, older relative, or someone with a medical condition who could develop serious complications from influenza. Get immunised early before the influenza season starts.

 

Being fit and healthy will not stop you getting influenza

Almost everyone can benefit from the protection of annual influenza immunisation. The vaccine is especially important for people at risk of serious complications from influenza including people with epilepsy.  Please see your doctor for more information or to make an appointment to receive your FREE vaccination.

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