2019 Flu Jabs - Important Information
Published: 17 September 2019
Important Information Below:
Flu is an unpredictable virus that and can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.
You should have the flu vaccine if you:
• are 65 years old or over
• 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
Flu vaccine for children - date to be announced:
The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
• children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
• children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2019 – that is, born between 1 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2017
• children in primary school
Children aged between 6 months and 2 years who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.
Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.
65s and over and the flu vaccine:
You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2019/20) if you are aged 65 and over on 31 March 2020 – that is, you were born on or before 31 March 1955. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on 31 March 2020, you do qualify.
It's important that you benefit from having the most effective vaccine and for those aged 65 and over, this is either the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine or the cell-grown quadrivalent vaccine.
Pregnant women and the flu vaccine:
If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached.
That's because there's strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.
If you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:
• it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
• it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight because of flu
• it will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life
It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. Talk to your GP, midwife or pharmacist if you want more information.
Read more about the flu vaccine in pregnancy.
Flu vaccine for people with medical conditions:
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:
• chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
• chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
• chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
• chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), learning disability or cerebral palsy
• 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, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
• being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
This list of conditions isn't definitive.
Your GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.
If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP or pharmacist about this.
DATES - AT THE KINGS HILL SURGERY ONLY
AGE 65 YEARS AND OVER ONLY
AGE 18 YEARS AND OVER ONLY
With qualifying illnesses
Shingles and pneumonia vaccine will be available to qualifying patients on these days.
*Dates for flu clinics for children (under 18 years of age) will be announced soon.