The Smart Clinics Launch Private Flu Jab Service

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London-based private GP and healthcare company The Smart Clinics is launching its flu vaccination service from October. The Company offer flu jabs to anybody over the age of 6 months in their London clinics to protect patients from the flu virus over winter.

Dr David Smart MB ChB

Dr David Smart MB ChB

The flu jab is a fast, safe and effective means of ensuring protection from the inconvenience and unpleasantness caused by the virus and we would encourage everybody to have a flu jab to protect against the illness as well as reducing its spread.

London-based The Smart Clinics has announced the introduction of a private flu vaccination service for anybody over the age of 6 months, with the choice of a quick and safe injection or a nasal spray for younger patients over 2 years of age.

Full-blown flu is a debilitating condition, which is why so many people in the UK opt to arrange flu jabs for protection against the very unpleasant symptoms of flu; which include high temperature, fever, aches and pains, severe coughs and sore throats, catarrh, sneezes and a runny nose and headaches; as well as the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

The extreme tiredness that can accompany the flu is also a big issue and easily can mean a week off work for those affected with weeks of recovery before returning to full strength. With ever-increasing pressure to perform in the workplace, the risk of catching flu can have real consequences for company productivity, especially when a strain of flu is passed around whole departments or teams. That’s why The Smart Clinics also offer corporate schemes for flu vaccination, which can be arranged for businesses that plan to offer immunisation to their employees.

With two convenient and accessible London clinics, based in Brompton Cross (South Kensington) and Wandsworth, both of which offer extended opening hours; The Smart Clinics offer flu jabs with the benefit of being able to choose an appointment to suit patients’ busy schedules.

The Smart Clinics’ founder and Director, Dr David Smart MB ChB explains:

“Flu can be a very nasty disease, which can leave patients feeling run-down and below par for weeks after. In severe cases, it has the risk of serious, potentially life-threatening complications, especially for those in at risk categories. The flu jab is a fast, safe and effective means of ensuring protection from the inconvenience and unpleasantness caused by the virus and we would encourage everybody to have a flu jab to protect against the illness as well as reducing its spread.”

“The Department of Health specifically stresses that a flu jab is important for those in high-risk categories, which includes patients over the age of 65, pregnant women, those in residential or nursing homes, frontline health, care or social workers and anybody who is a main carer. In addition, patients suffering from certain health conditions should have a flu vaccination. This list includes stroke or TIA and those with diabetes, liver or kidney disease, heart or chest problems, asthma, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, HIV or reduced immunity. We would urge anybody in these categories to arrange flu vaccination as a priority.”

“We encourage all patients to consider having a flu vaccination for peace of mind during the winter season. The availability of a vaccination from the age of 6 months appeals to parents who have younger children in a nursery environment where contagion can spread quickly, or for those who would struggle to take time off to care for a dependent or have children preparing for exams who cannot afford miss school. In the USA, all children are advised to have the flu jab for the 2014-15 season and we expect that to follow in the UK in the future.”

“As private doctors, we can offer generous availability of appointments so that patients are able to book with the least possible hassle and arrange an appointment that fits in with their busy work and home life.”

“The flu vaccination is available from October and we are already taking bookings for those keen to arrange early protection.”

The Smart Clinics is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee. Private dentistry is also available as an optional extra.

However, non-members are also welcome to access The Smart Clinics’ GPs, nurses and healthcare professionals on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.

The Smart Clinics was founded in 2013 by Dr David Smart MB ChB and is an independent and doctor-managed company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare at the heart of the business. The company has two locations with South Kensington (Brompton Cross) in North London and Wandsworth covering the South London area.

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