Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- have any of the following medical conditions:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma (that requires inhaled or tablet steroid treatment), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or as a result of medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- morbid obesity (Adults with BMI index >40kg/m2)
ALL healthy children who are aged 2, and 3 years old (but not four years or older on 31.08.17) are also eligible for a flu vaccination at the GP surgery. 4-8 year olds will be vaccinated at school. This is in the form of a nasal spray. For more information, please refer to the links detailed below.
To book your flu jab please either book online (remembering to extend the date range of appts as far ahead as possible) or telephone the surgery to make an appointment. Our Flu Clinics are generally on Saturdays (with some midweek dates available). It may also be possible to have your flu jab during a routine GP/NP appointment, if time permits.
For more information please visit the websites below: