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
- 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.