MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR FLU JAB
The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly.
That’s why the flu jab is free:
- If you’re aged 65 or over, or if you have a long-term health condition.
- If you have children or grandchildren aged two, three or four, or in school years one or two, they are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Those for school aged children will be done in school.
- If you are the main carer of an older or disabled person you may also be eligible for the free flu jab.
Also, don’t forget that if you’re aged 65 or over, you are eligible for the pneumococcal vaccine, which will help protect you from pneumococcal diseases such as pneumonia.
Find out if you – or someone you know - are in one of the eligible groups that can have a free NHS flu jab please phone, or ask at reception.
FLU ELIGIBILITY 2017 2018
Flu vaccine is usually available in the practice from the end of September. We can administrate this vaccine up until the end of March (if we still have vaccine supplied).
Any aged 65+ (if you are 65+ on 31.03.2017 i.e. born on or before 31.03.1952. If you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31st 2017 you are eligible
Children and adults with an underlying health problem
- Chronic respiratory disease i.e asthma, COPD, bronchitis which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment or has required hospital admission in the past
- Chronic heart disease such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease such as hepatitis
- Chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease or Motor Neurone Disease
- Problems with your spleen i.e sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV, AIDS or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
Patients who live in a long stay residential or care home facility
Patients who are very overweight
The patients receive a carer’s allowance or is the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if he/she falls ill.
Frontline health and social care workers – it is the employer’s responsibility to arrange vaccination for these patients.
We run ' flu clinics at the surgery and these will be advertised to patients. We will also notify eligible patients as a reminder to have the vaccine.
For more information please click on leaflets below:
5 reasons to vaccinate your child against flu
All about flu and how to stop getting it
Flu Vaccination 2017 2018
Protecting your child against flu