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 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. If the UK flu season follows the same pattern, the good news is that the vaccine produced for Winter Flu 2017 – 18 is effective against this strain.
Source: The BBC
At Fleet Street Clinic, we run a private Drop-in Flu Vaccination Clinic in central London throughout the flu season, for adults and children over 6 months of age. Our highly qualified staff are experienced at looking after all ages.
You do not need to book for our clinic. Waiting times are short and you will be seen by our welcoming and qualified team.
Here are a few useful things to know before you come:
Our address is: The Fleet Street Clinic, 29 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1AA. Our Drop-In service runs Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm.
September-February, every flu season. Adults and children are welcome at our fast flu vaccination service. We do not offer appointments. (If timing is absolutely critical, or you want to attend outside our normal drop-in hours, it is possible to book a special appointment with a doctor or nurse; however, a separate appointment fee would then apply in addition to the vaccine cost.)
We have several types of vaccines available for children and adults, the costs range between £21 – £35. View a full list of costs here.
Our drop-in service runs Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm. (PLEASE NOTE: these hours are shorter than those offered for other services at Fleet Street Clinic).
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