Flu Vaccinations

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

  • Who should have the vaccination and why? – advice from ‘gov.uk’

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • are 65 years of age or over (for the year 2020/21 50-64yrs are also included)
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • 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
  • or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
    • being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
  • children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2020 (with a date of birth between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018 inclusive)
  • children of appropriate age for reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (that is 4 to 11-year olds, with a date of birth between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2016 inclusive) regardless of whether they attend school
  • children of appropriate age for school year 7, (that is 11 to 12-year olds, with a date of birth between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 inclusive)

If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

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