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Seasonal Flu

Seasonal flu jab

Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:

  • people aged 65 or over
  • pregnant women (see below)
  • people with a serious medical condition
  • people living in a residential or nursing home
  • the main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill
  • healthcare or social care professionals directly involved in patient care
  • those who work in close contact with poultry, such as chickens

Pregnant women

This winter (2015/16), the seasonal flu vaccine will be offered to all pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy. This includes pregnant women not in the high-risk groups.

Usually, only pregnant women in high-risk groups are offered the seasonal flu vaccine.

The flu vaccine will also be offered to all 2/3 year old children.

For more information on flu immunisation, including background information on the vaccine and how you can get the jab, see Seasonal flu jab.

 

Good hygiene

Preventing the spread of germs is the most effective way to slow the spread of flu. Always:

  • ensure you wash your hands regularly with soap and water,
  • clean surfaces regularly to get rid of germs,
  • use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and
  • put used tissues in a bin as soon as possible.

 

The practice will be operating flu vaccination clinics in October 2013, for all patients in the first instance who:

  • people aged 65 or over
  • pregnant women
  • 2/3 year olds
  • people with a serious medical condition;

The seasonal flu jab is offered free of charge to anyone over the age of six months with the following medical conditions, as they are at higher risk of catching flu:

- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, COPD or bronchitis,

- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure,

- chronic kidney disease,

- chronic liver disease,

- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease,

- diabetes, or

- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment).

  • people living in a residential or nursing home
  • the main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the        carer becomes ill

 

If you fall into any of the above categories, the practice will be in contact with you in the next few months to arrange your flu vaccination.

 



 
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