As many of you are aware, this year there is a strain of Influenza that is making some people very sick.
We are being strongly encouraged to be immunised by health authorities, particularly children, teens, over 65 year olds and anyone with a chronic illness such as diabetes or asthma. Vaccines are free for those under 5, over 65 or with a chronic health condition and these are given at your local General Practitioner’s clinic.
Everyone else can still have the vaccine but it is paid for by the individual and not government funded. Children under the age of 9 having their first ever vaccine are required to have 2 immunisations 1 month apart.
There has been a shortage of not only the vaccine, but also appointments to see a Doctor to have the vaccine. As a service to the local community, Graceful Healing has vaccines on order for those who wish to be vaccinated, but are not eligible for a free vaccine.
Before booking your appointment please read the following important information about being vaccinated.
Before you are immunised, tell Dr Samer if any of the following apply to you as these will prevent you from being vaccinated:
- You are unwell on the day
- You have ever had a severe reaction to any vaccine
- You are allergic to any components of the vaccine
- Have ever had anaphylactic allergy to eggs
- Have a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
Possible Side Effects of the influenza vaccine:
The influenza vaccine cannot give you a dose of influenza because it contains no active virus. Some people who have been immunised may still get the flu but it will be a milder case than thos who have not been vaccinated.
Common Side effects of the Vaccine:
- pain, redness and swelling at the injection site
- low grade temperature
- muscle aches
- drowsiness or tiredness
- a temporary small lump at the injection site
If mild reactions do occur, they may last 1-2 days. These can be reduced by:
- placing a cold wet cloth on the injection site
- drinking plenty of fluids and not overdressing if feeling a bit hot
- taking paracetamol to lower any fevers or temperatures.
Extremely rare side effects:
- severe allergic reaction
If reactions are severe or persistent, or if you are worried, call Dr Samer or the nearest hospital.
Now that you have read all this important information, please click HERE to make you booking: