The short answer to the question of; “Do you really need the flu jab?”- is that yes you do. There may be some cynical people who will read this blog on the Broadgate Clinic London Wall website and think to themselves that we’re simply drumming-up money to increase profits. Whilst it can’t be denied that the more vaccinations we give, the more revenue we earn; that is not the motivating factor in writing this blog. It is the general health and well-being of the public that drives it; particularly those members of the public who are at specific risk.
At risk groups
It is generally accepted that there are certain groups of people who stand to significantly benefit from having a winter flu jab. These people include:
Anyone over the age of 65
Anyone with a chronic illness
Anyone in these high risk groups is potentially at risk of possible complications, including bronchitis, ear infections, pneumonia, and sinus infections. Others who are at risk and would benefit from the flu jab are those who have chronic health conditions that include asthma, diabetes, and heart disease. The group of people at risk can also be extended to anyone who has a weakened or compromised immune system.
600 people per year die from seasonal flu complications in the UK
Flu is not like a simple cold. It is far more dangerous, particularly to the very young or the elderly. It induces severe aching, retching coughing, high fever and sore throat, and can lead to people feeling very unwell for up to 2 weeks. Here in the UK, approximately 600 people die from seasonal flu complications every year.
The importance of the flu jab for pregnant women
Pregnant women should make it a priority to get vaccinated against the flu, no matter what stage of pregnancy they are at. The changes that can take place in a pregnant woman’s heart, immune system, and lungs can present dangers for both mother and child.
Pregnant women who contract a flu infection are also more likely to experience premature labour. Having a flu jab not only protects mother, but baby as well, even after birth.
The flu jab is also effective for breastfeeding mothers. They will then be able to pass on the protective antibodies to their babies. This prevents young children under the age of six months developing flu, which in one so young can be considerably dangerous.
Groups of people not recommended for the flu jab
Certain groups of people are not recommended to have the flu jab. These people include:
- Anyone who is allergic to chicken eggs
- Children under the age of six months
- Anyone who has had a severe reaction to previous flu jabs
Flu jabs for health and social workers
Having the flu jab is also recommended for health and social care workers. Outbreaks of flu can easily develop in various health and social care situations, and because influenza is so contagious it’s not just the patients who are at risk, but staff as well.
Flu jabs for people who work with the elderly
If you work with the elderly you should also have a flu jab; not just to protect yourself, but to avoid infecting any of your charges. It could be very dangerous for them, especially if they themselves have not already had a flu jab.
Flu jabs for all at Broadgate Clinic London wall
Although flu is a decidedly unpleasant illness, most otherwise healthy people will recover within one week, unless of course they are in one of the “under-risk” categories. However, because of its very unpleasantness, some ordinarily healthy people decide to have a flu jab anyway. If this is your choice, or you are in one of the “at-risk” groups and you work in London, you can pop in at your convenience to get your jab at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.