Thanks to the generosity of Peabodys Coffee, our flu clinic has a limited number of vouchers for a free americano or tea from any of their outlets at St George’s.
There are a limited stock of vouchers, which will be given out on a first come, first serve basis starting tomorrow (Wednesday 17 October).
The clinic can be found in Monckton Theatre Foyer, ground floor, Grosvenor Wing and is open from 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday. There are Peer Vaccinators on site at Queen Mary’s.
If you have had your jab elsewhere this flu season (since September 2018), please get in touch and tell us. Email Patricia Campbell, Flu Lead, at PatriciaAnne.Campbell@stgeorges.nhs.uk and let us know approximately when, and where, you had your jab.
Why should I get my flu jab now?
Last year, two new strains of flu emerged that resulted in a higher number of deaths associated with the virus. For this reason, we are administering the quadravalent vaccine that covers the four main circulating strains of flu.
This vaccine works by producing antibodies that lock on to the surface of the virus and stop it from spreading throughout your body.
With the recent warm weather, it’s easy to forget that winter is just around the corner. However it takes 10-14 days for the quadravalaent vaccine to prime your immune system against influenza, which is why our vaccination team are advising staff to get your jab early.
The flu virus is extremely contagious, and spreads easily through coughs, sneezes and even through talking. Once inhaled, the virus multiplies rapidly and leaves you and those close to you, and those who come into contact with you, vulnerable.
This contagiousness, combined with the 10-14 days it takes to become actively immune, is exactly why it is paramount to get your flu jab early!