The flu vaccination is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You should have the flu vaccination if you:
- Are over the age of 65
- Are pregnant or 6-months postnatal
- Have certain medical conditions, these include: Chronic Heart Disease, Chronic Respiratory Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic Liver Disease, Diabetes, Immunosuppressed, Chronic Neurological Disease, Asplenia, have a BMI of over 40 kg/m2
- Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long stay facility
- Are receiving a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
Our first flu vaccination clinic will be held on Saturday the 19th of September.
Additionally this year, the Minister of Health and Social Services announced an extended flu vaccination programme. This is anticipated to be available in November/December. This extended flu programme will be extended to the following groups:
- Households’ contacts of those on the NHS shielding patient list.
- Those aged 60-64 years moving to those aged 55-59 years and then to 50-54 years.
If you are in the additional cohort, please do not call the practice as there will be National Guidance to follow.