Flu Season

Patients may be eligible for a Free Flu Vaccination, please contact the surgery to enquire and book with our Nurse.

•patients aged 65 years or over

•patients aged from 6 months to less than 65 years of age in a clinical risk group such as:

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

O chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

O chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5

O chronic liver disease

O chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability

O diabetes

O asplenia or splenic dysfunction

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

O morbidly obese adults (aged from 16 years) with a BMI >40kg/m2

O all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)

•patients living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions or university halls of residence

•patients who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare maybe at risk if the carer falls ill

•household contacts of immune-compromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable

•health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable5 patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza