If you are over the age of 65 or aged 6 months or older with the following conditions, you will be eligible for a vaccination:
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, COPD or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease (chronic renal failure)
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, stroke, trans-ischaemic attack (TIA), MS or hereditary and degenerative disease of the central nervous system
- A weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment), have no spleen or whose spleen does not work properly
- Pregnant Women
- Those in contact with people who may be at risk of developing serious complications from flu
- People living in long stay residential care homes
- Healthcare professionals
Childhood seasonal flu vaccination programme
If your child is currently age 2, 3 or 4 years please contact the surgery and ask for an appointment with the Practice Nurse for your child’s flu vaccination.
Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness, often lasting for several days.
The programme will be extended over a number of years to include all children aged 2 to 16 years inclusive.
Why should my child have the flu vaccine?
- The vaccine is given as a nasal spray and is easy to give and painless.
- The vaccine contains weakened flu viruses to prevent them from causing flu, but allows your child to build up immunity, so if they come into contact with someone with flu they are unlikely to get ill.
- Flu can be a nasty illness that can lead to a stay in hospital, especially for children with other medical conditions.
- If your child gets flu they won’t be able to go to school/nursery for several days and will need to be cared for at home, meaning you may need to take time off work.
- Protecting your child can stop the flu spreading to others, in particular to grandparents, who may be particularly at risk to flu.
Further information/questions & answers can be found on the NHS website.
For the routine childrens’ flu vaccinations programme, please book an appointment with the nurse.