Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
- people aged 65 or over,
- people with a serious medical condition e.g. Heart Disease, Liver Disease, Kidney Disease, Neurological Disease including Stroke or TIA, Splenectomy or problem with your spleen, Diabetes, Immunosuppressed, Chest problems including certain Asthmatics who are on steroid inhalers or tablets, Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema
- if you are pregnant
- people living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill
- Healthcare or social care professionals directly involved in patient care (Note- Professional health & Social care workers should be vaccinated by their employer as part of an occupational health programme.)
Child flu vaccinations
Which flu vaccine should children have?