Who is eligible for the flu vaccine?
All patients who are over the age of 65yrs - born on or before 31 March 1955. So, patients currently 64 but will be 65 by 31 March 2020, will qualify.
Plus patients who are under 65yrs but considered to be ‘at risk’ because they have one of the following medical conditions/eligibilities:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet
steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past). Chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
- are pregnant
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
Flu is a viral infection that usually strikes between December and March. It can affect people of all ages.
It is NOT a cold! It is much more than a heavy cold.
You can catch flu by inhaling the virus or by handling items touched by an infected person. The symptoms start to develop one to four days later. It makes you feel completely exhausted and the extreme fatigue may last for one or two weeks.
Don't let Flu affect you this winter
If you are over 65, At Risk, are receiving chemotherapy or steroid treatment or have no spleen, are Pregnant or are a carer, please call the practice to arrange your appointment.