Influenza vaccines

The flu vaccine is available in our surgery from late September / early October.

Influenza vaccination 2020/21 is recommended for:

*All children aged 2-12 years at the time of vaccination NEW

*Persons aged 65 and older

*Pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)

*Those aged 6 to 23 months and aged 13-64 years with:

- Chronic heart disease including acute coronary syndrome

- Chronic liver disease

- Chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system

- Chronic renal failure

- Cancer patients

- Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma or bronchopulmonary dysplasia

- Diabetes mellitus

- Down syndrome

- Haemoglobinopathies

- Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including asplenia or splenic dysfunction and cancer patients

- Morbid obesity, i.e. body mass index of 40 or over

- On long‐term aspirin therapy (because of the risk of Reyes syndrome)

- With any condition (e.g. cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injury, seizure disorder, or other neuromuscular disorder) that can compromise respiratory function especially those attending special schools/day centres

- With moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and intellectual disability

•Healthcare workers including all General Practice staff

•Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions

•Carers and household contacts of people with increased medical risk

•People with regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl

 

The vaccine is free of charge for the above patients.