NHS flu vaccination programme update: 50-64 year olds & secondary school pupils.

13.04.2022 Category: Flu Jabs Author: Dr Richard Dawood

New guidance for the 2022/ 2023 flu season was issued earlier this year, in March, stating that the NHS flu vaccination programme will be returning to “pre-pandemic recommendations”. 

What does this mean?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government expanded the eligibility for the NHS Seasonal Influenza (flu) Vaccination Programme to include those aged 50 to 64 and secondary school children. The new guidance confirmed that the following cohorts will now no longer receive free NHS flu vaccination:

  • those aged 50 to 64 years 
  • secondary school children in Years 7 to 11 (between 11 and 15 years of age on 31 August 2022)

Anyone in these categories will therefore have to seek vaccination privately if they would still like to be protected.

Although many people think of flu as a minor illness, it can be an unpredictable one, easily causing severe or even life threatening symptoms. Although eclipsed over the past 2 years by the impact of Covid, the risk of serious illness or death associated with flu complications tends to be significantly higher than most people realise. Flu immunity is at an all-time low as a result of recent reduced transmission following social distancing restrictions, so it is quite possible we will see the resurgence of the flu this year.

An annual flu jab offers the best protection against flu this winter.

Don’t put off your flu jab because of this change!

What are the benefits of a private flu jab?
There are many benefits to private flu vaccinations.  The 6 reasons we feel are the most important are:

  • Guaranteed availability – no need to wait in long NHS queues
  • Bring the whole family – we can vaccinate children & newborns as young as 6 months
  • We offer a “walk in” service so you can just pop in when it’s convenient for you
  • Wide variety of vaccinations available inc. egg-free, FluAd & nasal flu spray
  • Get vaccinated by an expert flu nurse in a trusted, comfortable medical clinic 
  • We vaccinate from mid-September onwards so you can be protected sooner rather than later

If you would like more information on the types of flu vaccines that are available at Fleet Street Clinic this year, or to know more about the costs, visit Fleet Street Clinic Flu Jabs.

Alternatively, to book your flu jabs online, visit our booking system

Can acupuncture help with chronic stress?

06.04.2022 Category: Acupuncture Author: Diane Timewell

Everyone lives such busy lives, so much so that stress now seems an inevitable part of daily life. Whether it be work, personal relationships or even keeping up hectic social schedules, there is often very little time to truly relax.

When stress is chronic it will affect the body in many different ways, interfering with normal body functions such as digestion, blood flow, your pain threshold and also your ability to sleep. Your risk for depression and anxiety, heart attack and heart disease, obesity, eating disorders, and several gut problems also increases. 

Tension across the shoulders, headaches, short temperedness, insomnia, tiredness, aches and pains, digestive disorders or menstrual problems are all made worse when the body is stressed and chronic stress can often be the root of unexplained infertility.

Common effects of chronic stress could include the following. 

  • Upset stomach, diarrhoea, nausea, constipation, heartburn, or other gut issues
  • Rapid heart rate or chest pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of sexual desire or reduced sexual function
  • More colds or seasonal illness than usual
  • Clenched jaw or teeth grinding
  • Sore, tense muscles, especially in the neck and shoulders
  • Constant worry
  • Always seeing the “worst case scenario”
  • Racing thoughts
  • Feeling frazzled and unfocused
  • Disorganisation and forgetfulness

Can you spot any of your mental or physical symptoms in the list?

So how does stress impact the body?
When subject to a stressor, adrenaline floods the body and primes the muscles and senses ready for action. Whilst this is useful to escape from danger, to meet that important deadline or to win the 100m race, when this ‘fight-flight’ stress response is constantly switched on, prolonged muscle tension and poor circulation eventually take its toll on the body. Often resulting in poor health, fatigue and ultimately adrenal exhaustion and collapse.

Our acupuncture specialist, Diane Timewell runs our acupuncture clinic in London. She takes a particular interest in the effects of chronic stress and how acupuncture can help with switching the body from this ‘fight- flight’ response into the parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ side of the nervous system. Acupuncture can help with controlling stress and anxiety, as it affects the part of your brain that regulates emotions, reducing stress naturally.

Medical acupuncture stimulates acupoints of the body to promote the release of ‘happy hormones’ such as endorphins. This reminds the body to relax, let go of daily stress and signals that you are safe and secure so the stress response can be turned off. In doing so, proper circulation is restored allowing our internal organs to work as they should unhindered by tension. This produces a vibrancy and vitality that can be felt both physically and mentally. 

When it comes to acupuncture treatment for stress, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Whilst there are many points that consistently improve stress, when acupuncture is used to treat stress, the treatment will be fully bespoke. 

Stress affects everyone’s body individually and so Diane will work with you to pinpoint all your personal imbalances, treating your whole body based on your particular symptoms and pain areas.

You don’t need to feel unwell to benefit from acupuncture medicine. High achievers, Type A personalities, those who want to climb every mountain are very often sympathetic-dominant adrenal types. Adrenaline is the motivator of the body and so to some extent all successful people will benefit from a certain amount of stress. Learning how to switch it off after the target has been achieved is the key. 

Acupuncture treatment is an essential tool for both physical and mental well-being. It can be an excellent way to learn how to take control of your health and switch off chronic stress.

At Diane’s acupuncture clinic, she creates a safe and peaceful environment where you can de-stress, reenergize and regain your natural well-being and vitality.

You can book an acupuncture appointment with Diane online.