Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation

Flu Clinics  2020 - 2021

As we head into the winter season, it is important to have your flu vaccination early to protect you from the flu and reduce your risk of catching flu and covid-19 at the same time.      

Flu clinics for the over 65’s are now available to book. They are being held daily from 11am - 1pm starting on Monday 14th September.  We have a limited number of vaccines available so please book your appointment early as we are expecting an increase in demand.  Log in to My Health Online

We will keep you updated as soon as our other groups of vaccines are available.  Our under 65’s group are scheduled for October and our Child aged 2-3 year olds are expected in September.  

When you arrive at ‘Flu Clinic’ everything will be clearly signposted and socially distanced with staff available on hand to direct you through our one way system.  Please wear a face covering to your appointment.

 

Who is eligible for a flu jab?

In 2020-20201 the NHS flu vaccination programme includes:

  • Children aged two and three years old on 31 August 2020
  • People aged 65 years and older
  • If you received a shielding letter or live with someone who did
  • At risk groups with longterm health problems up to age 65
  • Chronic chest disease eg: COPD/asthma
  • Chronic heart/liver/kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Those with weakened immune systems eg: cancer treatment
  • Morbidly obese adults (BMI >40)
  • Pregnant women
  • Care home residents
  • Carers

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales recently announced that over 50’s will also be eligible to have the vaccine however the roll out of this vaccine will be phased to make sure the most vulnerable are protected first.  It is anticipated that this will be around November/December but keep checking our social media pages for updates.

 

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.