If you have not yet had your flu vaccination, please contact the practice immediately.
The influenza vaccine is being offered to the following groups.
- all those aged 65 years and over
- all those aged 6 months or over in a clinical risk group (see below)
- those living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
- those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill (including family living with those registered as “shielding” during COVID pandemic)
- all children aged 2- 3 years – Nasal flu
- all those aged over 50 not in risk groups as per recent government guidance ( likely to be after November)
The clinical risk groups are:
- Chronic respiratory disease, including asthma, on regular preventative treatment
- Chronic renal disease
- Chronic neurological disease, including stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- Those with hereditary and degenerative diseases of the Central Nervous System
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic liver disease
- People with impaired immunity due to disease or treatment
- Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and related conditions
Private flu vaccinations are available at commercial chemists for around £10 from mid-September for non-eligible groups.
Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a mild high temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.