Free Influenza Vaccination – It’s not too late!

Updated on 11th December 2014 at 9:45 am

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The flu season is once again upon us and the practice has vaccinated over 1300 patients to date, however there are still more patients who are at risk of developing complications should they become ill with the flu  and meet the criteria for free influenza vaccination.

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

 

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions (see below)
  • 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

 

Medical Conditions:

  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as Asthma (that requires inhaled or tablet steroid treatment or has led to hospital admission in the past), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Bronchitis
  • Chronic Heart Disease, such as Heart Failure
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Liver Disease, such as Hepatitis
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinsons Disease or Motor Neurone Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with your Spleen – for example, Sickle Cell Disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
  • A weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV and AIDS , or as a result of medication such as Steroid Tablets or Chemotherapy

 

If you meet the eligibility criteria above and would like to receive your free flu vaccination,  simply call the practice on 0191 2961770 and book an appointment with the Practice Nurse

 

 

Further information can be found at:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx