Indeed, healthcare professionals up and down the country are expressing concern at the fall in numbers of those electing to receive a flu jab this year – according to the BBC, GP surgeries are seeing a 6% decrease in patients wishing to receive this important vaccine compared to last year.
Practices believe that the current warm weather has lulled many into a false sense of security, as well as negative perceptions of the vaccine’s effectiveness; the 2014 flu immunisation was initially thought to be something of a failure due to how fast the virus mutated last year, although figures eventually proved that the vaccine was still effective around a third of the time.
It must be stressed that those in the ‘at risk’ groups, i.e. the elderly, pregnant, and those with other medical conditions (for example, asthma) would benefit from receiving a flu vaccination, which can easily be performed at the SurreyGP Surgery at a time convenient to you! Additionally, while it is vitally important for these specific at risk groups in particular, no one wants flu to disrupt what is always a hectic season – which is why we offer the vaccination to ALL adults and children (aged 6 months and up) as well.