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HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR FLU JAB? Check your eligibility!

HAVE YOU HAD YOUR FLU JAB?

 

The Flu season is upon us again. If you fall into any of the categories below you are eligible for a flu jab, so  please book an appointment at one of our flu clinics, or ask for the jab when you are seeing a GP or a Nurse for another matter:-

  • all those aged two and three on 31 August 2019 (date of birth on or after 1 September 2015 and on or before 31 August 2017),
  • for those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age, clinicians should offer immunisation, based on individual assessment, to clinicaly vulnerable individuals such as those with:
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
    • chronic liver disease
    • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability
    • diabetes
    • splenic dysfunction or asplenia
    • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
    • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  • people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2020)
  • people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except if children in boarding school are of primary school age)2.
  • those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  • household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and, therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable

Due to the success of our Saturday clinics last year, we have offered 2 this year; the second is on the 12th October, and we have a big flu clinic on Friday 1st November. Other dates are available.

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