FLU SEASON 2017
Following particularly bad flu seasons in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, the NHS has been told to prepare for a severe winter flu epidemic, the BBC reported today.
The Chief Executive of the NHS Simon Stevens said,
“The signs from Australia and New Zealand, who are just coming out of their winter, are that it has been a heavy flu season and many of the hospitals down there have struggled to cope.”
Research indicates that health services in Australia and New Zealand are recording double the amount of cases of flu this winter, compared to the average of the previous 5 years.
Every year, a few different strains of flu circulate and one normally becomes dominant. In Australia and New Zealand, the H3N2 strain has been the main problem. The good news is, that if the UK flu season follows the same pattern, the vaccine produced for Winter Flu 2017/ 18 is effective against this strain.
Source: The BBC
Fleet Street Clinic offers a flu vaccination service for businesses and individuals between September 2017 and February 2018. Adults and children are welcome at our Fleet Street Flu Jabs drop-clinic. Flu Jabs are offered on a walk-in basis (to attend at a specific time, please book an appointment with a doctor or nurse, a separate appointment fee applies).
WHEN IS THE DROP-IN FLU CLINIC OPEN?
Our service runs Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm. (PLEASE NOTE: these hours are shorter than those offered for other services at Fleet Street Clinic). Book your appointment today.
If you have any further questions about the flu jab or other travel vaccinations, our experienced team of nurses can help.
April 2017 Update
Following the Yellow Fever outbreak in Brazil, the World Health Organisation has now extended the Yellow Fever vaccination area to include:
- The whole of the state of Rio de Janeiro, including the urban areas of Rio de Janeiro City and Niterói
- The State of São Paulo, including the urban areas of Campinas, excluding urban areas of São Paulo City
- Bahia state
If you are headed to Brazil, make sure you receive your Yellow Fever Vaccination from a registered Yellow Fever centre before you go.
What is Yellow Fever?
Yellow fever is a viral illness spread through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. The mosquito is most active between the hours of dawn and dusk<
- The virus is found in sub-saharan Africa, South and Central America
- The virus can arise in jungle and urban areas and outbreaks can occur
- The risk of acquiring Yellow Fever depends upon the destination and risk of exposure to mosquito bites
YELLOW FEVER SYMPTOMS
- It can take up to 6 days from being bitten by an infected mosquito to becoming symptomatic.
- Initial symptoms of yellow fever include fever, chills, headache, nausea, muscle aches and weakness. This can progress to high fever and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), internal bleeding and organ failure.
- There is no cure for Yellow Fever, and the virus can be fatal in up to 50% of people who have severe symptoms
YELLOW FEVER VACCINE
- Yellow Fever can be prevented with a single dose of vaccination (STAMARIL)
- In addition to the vaccination, protection against mosquito bites is important – wear long loose clothing, insect repellent with a minimum of 50% DEET, sleep under mosquito nets, use plug in vaporisers and treat clothes with permethrin
- The vaccination against yellow fever should be considered for travellers who are going to an area where there is a risk of the disease. A careful assessment at the Fleet Street Clinic will help to determine the risk
- In addition the vaccination and certificate is required when travelling to certain countries where International Health Regulations require a valid certificate upon entry to the country
- Failure to provide a valid certificate where required could deny entry to the that country, or result in quarantine
- The vaccination against yellow fever should be given at least 10 days prior to travel for the certificate to become valid and the vaccine to be effective
- The vaccination against yellow fever is thought to provide life long protection against the disease
- The side effects from the vaccination are usually, mild and self resolve. They can include headache, low fever and muscle aches and pains.
- The Yellow Fever vaccination is a live vaccine, contains ovalbumin (egg protein) so may not be suitable for everyone. The vaccination can safely be given to infants of 9 months of age and adults
- The risks of the vaccine increase over 60 years of age so it is important that only those who are at risk of Yellow Fever are vaccinated.
YELLOW FEVER VACCINE AVAILABLE AT FLEET STREET CLINIC
Fleet Street Clinic is a registered Yellow Fever Centre. You can book your appointment online.
We have over 20 years of experience of delivering the vaccination and always have it in stock, even when it is in short supply elsewhere.
Asthma – affecting millions around the globe
Today is World Asthma Day. Asthma is a very common respiratory condition, with 300 million people affected globally. And the numbers of asthma sufferers is increasing each year.
At Fleet Street Clinic we deal with asthma-related complaints on a regular basis and stock medication for dealing with symptoms.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways, which narrow and can become blocked with mucus, leading to breathing difficulties.
Some may grow out of asthma, whilst others will have to manage the condition for life.
Asthma sufferers may notice wheezing, coughing, breathlessness and a tight chest. Severe symptoms may leave sufferers struggling to breathe which results in an asthma attack.
Treatment can be provided with inhalers and various steps can be taken to deal with asthma triggers to lessen symptoms.
Managing Your Asthma
Managing your asthma is very important to maintaining your health. Keep a diary of asthma flare-ups to see if you notice any particular triggers and visit your doctor regularly for check-ups. If your symptoms worsen, make sure to seek medical help without delay.
Travel and Asthma
If you are travelling, make sure to check you have the medication necessary for your trip. Remember hayfever seasons can vary around the world. Fleet Street Clinic stock necessary medication to cover any last-minute requirements.
If you think you may have asthma, book a GP appointment today.