Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation
Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?
Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk.
Who Is At Risk?
- If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
- If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
- If you have chronic heart disease
- If you have chronic renal disease
- If you are diabetic
- If you have a weak immune system
- If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
- If you have a chronic liver disease
- If you are a carer
Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?
Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Please phone the surgery during September to make an appointment if the above applies to you.
Winter Flu Campaign – we busy working on the exact details of this year’s Winter Flu Vaccine campaign. Extensive planning is required this year to meet higher demand, expansion of eligible patients and the need for social distancing. We will continue to keep you updated on our website and eligible patients can expect to be contacted directly by the practice in due course. Please be aware the surgery does not receive its vaccine supply until at least late September into early October.
We are aware that the Government has expanded the eligible cohort this year to include 50-64 year olds but currently we are still awaiting further guidance on how this will be delivered. This group is likely to have to wait until least November while the higher risk patients are vaccinated first.
If you still have further questions regarding this year’s campaign please complete the ‘contact us’ section of this website.