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Flu Update from Public Health England Posted on 2 Jan 2018

From Public Health England:

There has been a substantial increase over the past few weeks in the GP consultation rate for influenza-like illness across the South West..

The QUADRIVALENT vaccine, which we have been giving at Romney House this season, including the FLUENZ nasal vaccination for children, DOES provide the best protection against both influenza A & both influenza B virus strains circulating. (Some surgeries and pharmacies give the Trivalent vaccine, which may not be as effective against the strains of influenza virus in currently in the commnity).

We encourage all patients who are clinically eligible to have a flu vac each year, however, if you are not clinically eligible but a clinican believes that you should be vaccinated because you are in close contact with more vulnerable members of the community, then ask for a flu vac eg Anyone pregnant, CARERS, family of the immunocompromised, Health Care Workers (with evidence of your workplace).

IF you think you have flu:

Most cases of flu can be treated effectively at home. Patients should be encouraged to self-care, seek advice on treating symptoms via reputable on line resources such as NHS Choices, or to seek advice from a local Pharmacist before contacting the GP

 Patients should be advised to:
• rest and sleep.
• keep warm.
• take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains.
• drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
(More info for patients can be found on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu or via 111)

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