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									               Swine Flu and the Swine Flu Vaccination

What is swine flu?

It is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of influenza virus. The symptoms
of swine flu are very similar to those caused by seasonal flu. Swine flu is generally a
mild infection that comes on quickly and lasts for about a week. It causes fever,
tiredness, cough and sore throat. Other symptoms include headache, aching
muscles, chills, sneezing, runny nose, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhoea.

However, for those with underlying health conditions or who are pregnant or who are
having medical treatment such as chemotherapy, swine flu can be very serious.


Will I be offered the swine flu vaccination?

The groups of people who are most vulnerable to serious illness as a result of swine
flu are being offered the vaccine first. These groups are, in priority order:-

      Individuals aged between six months and up to 65 years who are in one of
       the current seasonal flu vaccine clinical ‘at-risk’ groups (such as asthma,
       COPD, diabetes, heart disease sufferers)
      All pregnant women
      Immuno-compromised patients and their household contacts.
      People aged over 65 years in one of the current seasonal flu vaccine clinical
       ‘at risk’ groups.

PATIENTS IN THE PRIORITY GROUPS WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE
SURGERY SHORTLY TO OFFER THEM A SWINE FLU VACCINATION
APPOINTMENT.


Will my regular seasonal flu jab protect me against swine flu?

No, because seasonal flu and swine flu are caused by different flu viruses.


Can the swine flu vaccine be given at the same time as other vaccines?

Yes. The swine flu vaccine can be given at the same time as other vaccines
including the seasonal influenza vaccine.



If someone has already had swine flu, do they still need to be vaccinated?

You can only be sure someone has had swine flu if it has been confirmed by a
laboratory test. Otherwise they may have had normal flu or something else.

Without that laboratory confirmation for swine flu then the vaccination should still
administered.
Will there be any side effects?

All vaccinations can produce side effects such as soreness and swelling at the site of
the injection. This vaccine is not live so cannot cause flu. Some vaccines, including
vaccines similar to the swine flu vaccine, can cause flu-like symptoms but they are
very much milder than having the flu itself and only last for a day or so.


Can the swine flu vaccine be given to people with an egg allergy?

The GSK vaccine Pandemrix is prepared in hens’ eggs (the same as seasonal flu
vaccines) and so should not be given to individuals who have had a confirmed
anaphylactic reaction (shock or acute difficulty in breathing) to egg products; they
should receive Celvapan.


Not in a Priority Group but worried you may have Swine Flu?

If you are not in a priority group but think you may have swine flu, please stay at
home and contact the National Pandemic Flu Service by telephoning 0800 1 513
100.

They can give you advice and, if necessary, provide you with antiviral drugs.

To avoid the risk of further spreading the virus please DO NOT attend the surgery.



What can I do to protect myself and others against flu?

The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to follow good hygiene practices.
These will help to slow the spread of the virus and will be the single most
effective thing you can do to protect yourself and others from infection.

When you cough or sneeze it is especially important to follow the rules of good
hygiene to prevent the spread of germs:

• Always carry tissues.
• Use clean tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze.
• Bin the tissues after one use.
• Wash your hands with soap and hot water or a sanitiser gel often.


There’s a simple way to remember this:


CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT.



Further Questions

If you have any further questions relating to having this vaccination you should talk to
your GP.

								
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