Although flu may not be the most feared of illness this year due to COVID outbreak but its important to remember that flu is also highly infectious.
What is flu?
Flu is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract. This is usually characterised by a fever, chills, headache, aching muscles, joint pain and fatigue. It is a highly infectious virus different to the common cold. It spreads rapidly in closed communities and even people with mild or no symptoms can infect others.
Flu kills an average of 8,000 people every year, and it can be particularly serious in older adults, very young children, and people with underlying health conditions.
The vaccine still remains the best defence against flu and helps to protect those who ae most vulnerable. This year the vaccine is being offered to even more groups of society to ensure all remain safe during this winter. Those at higher risk (as seen below) will have been offered the flu vaccine by their doctors.However,if you are not in any of these groups you can contact your doctor to enquire about getting the vaccine. Some Pharmacies are now also offering this service.
- those aged 65 years and over
- those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
- pregnant women
- those living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- children aged 2-3 (on 31 August 2019) and all primary school aged children
This year we were contacted by Leeds City Council and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and were lucky enough to hold a vaccination session for the Vaccine. A nurse attended the office and all staff were vaccinated over the 2 day period. This was very important for us to ensure the safety of both our staff and clients. Having all staff vaccinated has helped to reduce the spread of flu throughout the workforce and to the clients.