Influenza Vaccines

The flu vaccine is available in our surgery from late September / early October.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for:

  • All children aged 2-12 years at the time of vaccination NEW
  • Persons aged 65 and older
  • Pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
  • Those aged 6 to 23 months and aged 13-64 years with:
  • Chronic heart disease including acute coronary syndrome
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Cancer patients
  • Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma or bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Down syndrome
  • Haemoglobinopathies
  • Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including asplenia or splenic dysfunction and cancer patients
  • Morbid obesity, i.e. body mass index of 40 or over
  • On longā€term aspirin therapy (because of the risk of Reyes syndrome)
  • With any condition (e.g. cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injury, seizure disorder, or other neuromuscular disorder) that can compromise respiratory function especially those attending special schools/day centres
  • With moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and intellectual disability
  • Healthcare workers including all General Practice staff
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
  • Carers and household contacts of people with increased medical risk
  • People with regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl

The vaccine is free of charge for the above patients.