Seasonal Flu Vaccination
The Surgeries are starting their clinics of seasonal flu vaccines after 21st September. Clinics will be held in evening surgeries to avoid the impact on the daytime. Anyone attending a chronic disease clinic during this period may be offered the vaccine at their appointment.
As certain groups are more vulnerable to catching flu and developing serious complications of flu such as bronchitis and pneumonia We would like patients to be pro-active and book appointments as soon as they become available. Reminders will not be routinely sent at the start of the campaign, so please do not wait for a letter before booking your appointment.
The flu vaccine is offered free to people who are at risk, to protect them from catching flu.
It is recommended that you have a flu jab if you:
- Are 65 years old or over
- Are pregnant.
- Asthma, COPD or Bronchitis.
- Chronic Heart Disease.
- Chronic Kidney Disease.
- Chronic Liver Disease.
- Chronic Neuroligical Disease i.e. Stroke.
- Weakened immune system from either conditions such as HIV or immunosuppressive medication such as chemotherapy.
- If you live with someone with a weakened immune system you may also be eligible for a flu vaccine.
- Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility (not including prisons, young offender institutions or university halls of residence)
- are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- are a frontline health or social care worker
If you are the parent of a child who is over six months old and has a long-term condition on the list below, speak to your GP about the flu vaccine. Your child's condition may get worse if they catch flu.