Our Consultant Paediatrician Dr Colin Bernstein is now able to offer children's flu vaccines at both our Spire Manchester Hospital and our new clinic in Hale.
What are vaccines and how do they work?
Vaccines protect us from developing illnesses such as tuberculosis, measles, rubella and influenza (flu). Vaccines enable your body to make antibodies (cells which will fight infection) against viruses therefore preventing you from developing the illness. It usually takes 10 to 14 days for the body to develop immunity to an illness after receiving a vaccine, so unfortunately you are still susceptible to developing an illness in this time. The vaccine is given by an injection usually in your upper arm (or thigh for younger children)
Who should have the vaccine?
The flu vaccine can be given to most people, special at risk groups can get the vaccine from their GP Health care workers are also recommended to have the vaccine.
Who should not have the vaccine?
If you have an allergy to chicken, eggs, gentamycin or formaldehyde then you should not have the vaccine. The vaccine is grown inside chicken eggs and the other items are used in its manufacture.(though it is safe if you have an allergy to penicillin or feathers) If you are unwell with a temperature then the vaccination should be postponed until you have recovered. If you have recently had surgery discuss this with your doctor. If you have any condition which affects your immune system discuss this with you doctor also.
Does it have to be an injection?
Yes unfortunately the vaccine would be destroyed by the acid in you stomach
How many injections do I need to have?
It is recommended that you have 2 injections at least 4 weeks apart
How long will I be immune for?
The length of time varies on the vaccine and the illness, however strains of influenza change each year so people need to be vaccinated every year for new strains of the illness.
Does this protect me from swine flu?
Yes the swine flu is caused by the H1N1 virus and this vaccine protects from this infection
What are the side effects?
Most people do not have side effects, though somewhere between 1 and 10% of people may experience some of these symptoms, headache, temperature, pain in muscles or joints redness, swelling or a hardness around the injection site. These should last no more than 2 days and simple pain killers like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen (Calpol or Nurofen) should help to relief the symptoms
What is anaphylaxis?
This is a rare sever allergic reaction to a substance which requires urgent medical treatment, many substances can cause this type of allergic reaction medicines, vaccines or food substances, just to name a few. Signs and symptoms include redness/swelling around the face or airway, difficulty in breathing, palpitations and agitation its onset is very quick usually a few minutes after coming into contact with the allergen which is why you will be asked to wait in the clinic for a short while after the vaccination
How do I book an appointment?
Call 0161 232 2303 or email email@example.com
Further information can be found at www.doh.gov.uk