Seasonal Influenza

Are you eligible for the FREE FLU

Reception are taking bookings for eligible patients, the initial clinics are on the 06/10/2016 and 26/10/2016

Who should have the flu jab?

For most people, flu is an unpleasant illness, but it's not serious. If you are otherwise healthy, you will usually recover from flu within a week.

However, certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia These people should have a flu jab each year.

People who should have a flu vaccine:

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant 
  • have certain medical conditions (see below) 
  • 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 
  • are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker (see below)

If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached.

That's because there's strong evidence to suggest that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.

If you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because it:

  • reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
  • reduces your risk of having a miscarriage or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight, due to flu
  • will help protect your baby because they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life

It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy, from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn't carry any risks for you or your baby. Talk to your GP or midwife if you are unsure about the vaccination.

Flu jab for people with medical conditions:

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses:

  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma, COPD or Bronchitis 
  • Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure 
  • Chronis Kidney Disease 
  • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis 
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinsons Disease or motor neurone disease.
  • Diabetes
  • 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 & Aids or as a result of medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

Flu vaccination for children with medical conditions:

If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP about this.

Flu vaccination for years 7 and 8:

A local project has just been commenced whereby children in years 7 and 8 are eligible for the nasal influenza immunisation (Fluenza). Eligible children are those born between 1/9/2001 and 31/8/2003. The program is largely school based. However patients registered at Street Lane Practice can choose to have the vaccination at our surgery and book a nurse appointment. Children attending the surgery for Fluenza should be accompanied by a parent/guardian to provide consent for the vaccination

Flu jab for health and social care workers:

Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and, because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents are all at risk of infection. 

If you're a frontline health and social care worker, you can protect yourself, your colleagues and other members of the community, by having the flu vaccine.

If you care for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP about having a flu jab along with the person you care for has the flu jab

For more information please visit the following sites:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx

 http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/child-flu-vaccine-questions-and-answers.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/child-flu-vaccine.aspx

Who can have the Shingles Vaccination:

There are strict age related criteria regarding eligibility for this vaccination; please click on the following link for more detailed information.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/shingles-vaccination.aspx

Pneumococcal vaccination:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/pneumococcal-vaccination.aspx

 

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