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Seasonal Flu Vaccination

    • Seasonal flu vaccination is a vital tool in the fight against the influenza virus
    • Our Seasonal Flu Clinic can determine the best time and method for vaccination
    • Simply text BOOK to 66777 to book an appointment or book online

Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.  

As the seasons change and temperatures drop, the annual influenza virus, or the flu, starts to rear its head. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that affects millions of people worldwide each year. It can lead to serious complications, hospitalisations, and even death, particularly in vulnerable populations.

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week. Fortunately, there is a reliable defense against this potentially debilitating virus: the seasonal flu vaccination. This should be a routine part of your healthcare regimen.

The Influenza Virus

Influenza, or the flu, is caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory system. These viruses can quickly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected individual coughs, sneezes, or talks. The symptoms of the flu can range from mild to severe and may include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, and more. While most people recover from the flu without complications, it can pose a significant threat to certain groups, such as the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and individuals with underlying health conditions.

Flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

  • anyone over the age of 65 
  • 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). It's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.  

The flu vaccination provides effective protection against the flu, although protection may vary between individuals. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. New vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.

The Benefits of Seasonal Flu Vaccination

  1. Prevention of Illness: The primary benefit of the seasonal flu vaccination is the prevention of influenza. When you receive a flu shot, your body develops antibodies to protect you against the specific strains of influenza viruses included in the vaccine. This can significantly reduce your risk of getting sick from the flu.
  2. Protection for Vulnerable Populations: Seasonal flu vaccination is especially crucial for those at higher risk of severe complications, such as the elderly and individuals with chronic health conditions. Getting vaccinated not only safeguards them but also contributes to herd immunity, reducing the overall spread of the virus in the community.
  3. Reduced Hospitalisations and Deaths: Widespread vaccination decreases the number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths each year. By protecting yourself, you're also helping to protect the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed during flu seasons.
  4. Economic Benefits: The flu has a substantial economic impact due to medical costs and lost productivity. Vaccination helps mitigate these costs by reducing the number of sick days taken by employees and the overall burden on the healthcare system.
  5. Protection Against Multiple Strains: Seasonal flu vaccines are designed to target several strains of influenza viruses that are predicted to be most common during a given flu season. This adaptability ensures that you are protected against a broad spectrum of flu viruses.

Dispelling Common Myths

Despite the well-documented benefits of seasonal flu vaccination, there are several myths and misconceptions that have led some individuals to avoid getting vaccinated. It's important to address these misconceptions:

  1. "The flu shot can give you the flu." This is false. The flu vaccine contains either inactivated virus or no virus at all, so it cannot give you the flu. Some people may experience mild side effects such as soreness at the injection site or a low-grade fever, but these symptoms are generally short-lived.
  2. "I don't need the flu shot every year." The influenza virus mutates frequently, which is why the vaccine is updated annually to target the most prevalent strains. To ensure continued protection, it's important to get vaccinated every flu season.
  3. "I'm healthy, so I don't need the flu shot." Even healthy individuals can contract the flu and spread it to others, potentially putting vulnerable populations at risk. Vaccination not only protects you but also helps protect those around you.

Seasonal flu vaccination is a vital tool in the fight against the influenza virus. It not only protects you from illness but also helps prevent the spread of the virus in your community, safeguarding vulnerable populations and reducing the burden on healthcare systems. To stay healthy and contribute to the collective well-being, make it a routine practice to get your annual flu shot.

Our Seasonal Flu Clinic can determine the best time and method for vaccination to help you do your part in preventing the spread of the flu. In the battle against influenza, vaccination is your shield, and your health is your greatest investment.

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact our Patient Booking Team via our online enquiry form.

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Patient Testimonials

"I am extremely happy with the treatment, and with the standard of care I have received. There is no doubt as to whether this treatment is highly effective. I have had several cosmetic surgeries (although not on my face) but can say in comparing the results of the Spring Thread procedure with other less invasive treatments, the results are more in keeping with the surgical procedures I have had." Spring Thread Patient Review, Cosmetech at Kingsbridge Patient
"I had surgery here at the weekend and I can't recommend this place highly enough. They took great care of me and kept me at ease throughout my stay. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and chatted away and the food was top class. This hospital was better than any hotel I wonder could I book a weekend away in it when I fully recover?" Mr McGinnity, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Hospital spotless and clean.   Staff were so caring couldn’t do enough for me and made sure I was comfortable. Give the place 10 out of 10. Had surgery yesterday and treatment was first class" Ms Demirtas, Kingsbridge Patient
"Their service was excellent and convenient location!" Ms Kneale, Kingsbridge Patient
"Just received surgery at this hospital and I couldn't have been made to feel any more comfortable from the minute I stepped in until the minute I left. All the staff are wonderful and so friendly I will highly recommend this hospital to everyone" Ms McGivern, Kingsbridge Patient
"Had eye surgery here twice for cataracts and lens replacement. Super smooth service from start to finish. Very happy" Ms Jones, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"My mother had a total hip replacement surgery. We stayed for three days and were discharged today. Honestly, words can't describe the quality of the job and care they do. The doctors Roger Wilson, Sherman, David, the nurses Susan, Sinead, Siobhan, Andrea, the catering staff who provided customised halal food, and the remaining team whose names I cannot remember were the kindest, nicest, politest, the most caring, professional and pleasant people we have ever come across in healthcare environment. These are true gems and real stars. We are indebted to their treatment.
They are 7 star people. We love you!" Mr Yourish, Kingsbridge Patient
"Great friendly staff the nurses go way and beyond.  The hospital is spotless, and the service is second to none." Ms Croke, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"I just had a total hip replacement done by Mr Molloy.  He made me feel totally at ease (a real gentleman). I had 1st class treatment and as for the staff they couldn’t do enough for me. My experience was excellent from the time I arrived until the day I left for home. Thanks a million to all involved." Miss Bennett, Kingsbridge Patient
"Excellent experience with Kingsbridge Hospital, my dad had a day procedure here recently and not only did he receive fantastic care, but so did myself and my mum. The staff were so understanding and without saying anything could see I was looking after my mum also who has dementia, they went above and beyond to make the time spent waiting on my Dad as pleasant and stress free as possible, I will never forget the extra mile they went to, to support us. Many thanks x" Ms Forde, Kingsbridge Patient
"I have just been discharged from Kingsbridge today after surgery and was in for 3 days. From start to finish my experience was excellent. From catering staff up to senior nurses and doctors they were all fantastic and made my stay a positive experience. As a nurse myself I probably have high expectations of care and I certainly experienced the best of care in Kingsbridge who have staff they should be proud off.  Great teamwork." Ms Armstrong, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently had my gall bladder removed. All of the staff I had to deal with were excellent and professional. It was the best treatment I have ever received." Ms Burrows, Kingsbridge Patient
"I got my tonsils out yesterday, all the staff were so pleasant and nothing was too much for them. I really did receive one to one care. They just had so much time for me. The food was lovely and the staff from the kitchen where first class. Glad I received my surgery here." Miss Wright, Kingsbridge Patient
"The service and staff are first class.  Had my cataract operation done on the 20th of January and I would like to thank all the staff of this fantastic hospital for giving me my life back.  You are all a credit to your profession.  Excellent service and I would highly recommend you.  Once again thank you so much and I am truly grateful to you all." Mr Doolan, Kingsbridge Patient
"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently got an MRI scan at Kingsbridge and was very impressed with how simple the process was and how little time I had to wait. The staff were friendly, and it was an all-round pleasant experience." Mr Sharkey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Staff very friendly and very efficient. Surgeon and surgery top class. Big thanks to the Nurses for all their care and patience" Mr Howard, Kingsbridge Patient
"I was in your facility yesterday for a day procedure (operation on my left arm). I wanted to write and express how impressed I was with the facilities and more importantly the staff on the Ward.

Everyone was excellent, and I mean excellent, i don't normally write congratulatory e-mails so this is high praise in my view. The Senior nurse was excellent, as was the Theatre nurse and the anaesthetist. Even the assistants that helped with catering and other duties. All came together to form a great impression of the establishment." Jason Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kingsbridge Patient

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