Are you a patient who falls into one of the following categories – If so, and you wish to receive a free Influenza Vaccine please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment.
The Flu Jab for children and over 50’s
Children aged 6 months to 2 years old with a long term health condition will be offered the flu jab, but children who are 2 or 3 years old, or are in primary school, will be offered the flu vaccine by nasal spray.
The Flu Jab for people with Long Term Health Conditions
If you have any of the following long-term health conditions
Chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma (if it has previously led to hospitalisation or steroid treatment), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic kidney or liver disease
- Chronic neurological conditions
- Problems with your spleen
- Weakened immune systems or if you live with someone with a weakened immune system.
- Being seriously overweight (with a BMI of 40 or more)
This list isn’t exhaustive and we suggest you have the free flu jab if you have another long-term condition which isn’t mentioned above but may be made worse by flu, or if you’re at risk of complications from flu.
The Flu Jab for Carers, Health and Social Workers
If you care for or work with people who are likely to experience complications from flu, you are entitled to receive a Flu Jab. You will be eligible if:
- You receive a Carer’s Allowance
- You are the main carer for someone elderly or disabled
- You are a frontline health and social care worker
The Flu Jab during Pregnancy
It’s highly recommended that all pregnant women have the flu jab, no matter how far along your pregnancy you are.