The flu vaccine is offered every Autumn (Each season starting from September ) to all patients 65 years and over and also to those who fall into an ‘at risk’ category, Vaccinations are usually here by mid September, please book ana ppointment with the Nurse as soon as we get our delivery
‘At Risk’ groups such as diabetics, those patients with heart disease, lung or kidney disease and anyone who may be at risk of immunosuppression (impaired immunity), as well as all pregnant women
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:
- children aged 2 and 3
- children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
- children aged 2 to 17 years at risk of flu
For 2018, there are 3 types of flu vaccine:
A live quadrivalent vaccine (which protects against 4 strains of flu), given as a nasal spray. This is for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years eligible for the flu vaccine
a quadrivalent injected vaccine. This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65 who are at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition and for children 6 months and above in an eligible group who cannot receive the live vaccine
an adjuvanted injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they will be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2.
This is administered for protection against a bacterium that often causes pneumonia. It is offered to all patients who are 65 years and over and those in the same at risk groups.
This is recommended every 10 years if you have not had more than three boosters.
The Shingles vaccination
This is offered to the following patients .You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old.
In addition, anyone who was previously eligible but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday.
You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, as soon as you turn 70 or 78.
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.