Yes it is that time of year again. We are aiming to offer our flu sessions early this year during September and October. Flu is an unpredictable virus that can be a mild illness in most people. It can however cause a severe illness and even death in vulnerable groups. Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu and these people are advised to have a flu vaccination every year.
The following people are eligible for a flu vaccination free on the NHS:-
- Aged 65 years and over
- Age 6 months to 65 years old in an at risk group
- Chronic heart disease,
o Respiratory disease such as asthma, emphysema , COPD,
o Chronic kidney disease,
o A weakened immune system - on high dose steroids , chemotherapy, HIV
o Chronic liver disease
o Chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Motor neurone, MS.
o Problems with your spleen such as had a splenectomy, or sickle cell disease.
- Pregnant women
- Anyone in a long-stay residential home
- Carers on our register- main carer
- Frontline health and social care workers will be offered flu vaccination by their employer.
- Severely Overweight- Body Mass Index (BMI ) over 40
- All children aged 2 to 8 years old
o 4 year olds (aged 4 on 31.8.17) - will be vaccinated at school.
o All children in reception class and years 1 to 4 will be offered flu vaccines at school
We will be booking appointments for adults from early August. Vaccines for children are not available until October and these sessions will be arranged separately and invitations will be sent out for children.