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Flu eligibility

The flu vaccination is given free of charge to the following 'at risk' people in order to protect them from seasonal flu:
  • People aged 65 or over

  • Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)

  • People with a serious medical condition:
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen 
    This also includes conditions that may lead to splenic dysfunction such as homozygous sickle cell disease and coeliac syndrome


  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease
    This includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; and such conditions as bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). Children with respiratory conditions caused by aspiration, or a neurological disease (such as cerebral palsy) with a risk of aspiration. Asthma is not an indication, unless so severe as to require continuous or frequently repeated use of systemic steroids.

  • 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

  • Diabetes
  • Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • A weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or as a result of medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • People living in a residential or nursing home
  • Main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill (must be in receipt of carers allowance).

  • Healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker (please advise us if this is the reason as we need to make a note of this in your records).


  • Patients aged 50-64
    Please note for patients in this age group (excluding those aged 65 before 31/3/2021), in line with NHS guidance these patients will be vaccinated late November/December if sufficient vaccine left.


The flu vaccine is also recommended for:

  • children over the age of six months with a long term health condition listed above
  • healthy children aged two and three (born on or after 1/9/16 to 31/8/18)
  • all primary care and first year of secondary care children however please note unless the child has a health condition listed above, these will be done at school and not the surgery.  If you child has missed their appointment please contact the school to arrange a further appointment.


If you do not fall into any of the categories above, you may be able to still have a flu vaccination privately.  Speak to your local pharmacy.

 



 
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