Flu Immunisations

Having a flu vaccine does not give you flu and it is safe to have a vaccine

Our seasonal flu vaccination programme starts at the end of September/beginning of October, depending on vaccine delivery.  Patients will receive a letter inviting them to a drop in clinic held on a Saturday.  Below is a list of “at risk groups” included in this year’s programme:

  • All patients 65 and over
  • All those aged over 6 months and in a clinical risk group :
    • Chronic respiratory disease and asthma that requires continuous use of inhaled steroids
    • Coronary heart disease
    • Chronic renal disease
    • Chronic liver disease
    • Diabetes
    • Immunosuppression due to disease of treatment, including patients undergoing chemotherapy, patients who have had a splenectomy, patients treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroid for more than 1 month at a dose equivalent to Prednisolone at 20mgs or more per day.
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinsons disease
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Patients living in long stay residential/nursing care homes
  • Main carers of elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk, if the carer falls ill

Children aged 2-17 years

  • All children aged 6 months to 18years in the above “at risk” groups.
  • All children aged 2 and 3 (born between 1 September 2013 and 31st August 2015)

The above two groups will be vaccinated with the nasal vaccine (unless contraindicated)  and will be invited  in separately from the Saturday clinics.