Patients eligible to receive the seasonal flu vaccine for winter 2019/209 are:
- All people aged 65 years or over
- All those aged 6 months or over in a clinical risk groups
- All pregnant women
- All 2 and 3 year olds
- All children of school years up to Year 6 (delivered through a Schools programme)
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where there is a risk of high morbidity and mortality.
- Close contact of immunocompromised individuals.
- All Carers
- Frontline health and social care workers (HCW) involved in patient care.
Flu Clinics Dates For 2019
Drop in clinics have already taken place this year. If you usually have a Flu Jab, please make an appointment with the nurse.
Groups Eligible for Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccination:
Patients eligible to receive the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide vaccine are:
- All patients aged 65 and over who have not already been vaccinated
- All those aged 2 years to 64 years and suffer with a chronic disease.
To arrange your vaccination, please make an appointment with the practice nurse.
Childhood Seasonal Flu Vaccination Programme
If your child is currently age 2 or 3 years, please make an appointment with the practice nurse for your child’s flu vaccination.
Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness, often lasting for several days. The programme will be extended over a number of years to include all children aged 2 to 16 inclusive.
Why should my child have the flu vaccine?
- The vaccine is given as a nasal spray and is easy to give and painless.
- The vaccine contains weakened flu viruses to prevent them from causing flu, but allows your child to build up immunity, so if they come into contact with someone with flu they are unlikely to get ill.
- Flu can be a nasty illness that can lead to a stay in hospital, especially for children with other medical conditions.
- If your child gets flu they won’t be able to go to school/nursery for several days and will need to be cared for at home, meaning you may need to take time off work.
- Protecting your child can stop the flu spreading to others, in particular to grandparents, who may be particularly at risk of flu.