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
- 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).
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.