Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation
Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?
Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk.
Who Is At Risk?
- If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
- If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
- If you have chronic heart disease
- If you have chronic renal disease
- If you are diabetic
- If you have a weak immune system
- If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
- If you have a chronic liver disease
- If you are a carer
Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?
Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Please phone the surgery during September to make an appointment if the above applies to you.
Flu Vaccinations 2020-21 Season
Watch this space for dates as flu planning is still underway!
Patients 65 and over:
There is a different vaccine for patients 65 and over, specificially designed for this age group.
We will be delivering Fluad which is a Adjuvanted Trivalent Inactivated Flu (influenza) vaccine from the beginining of September in designated flu clinics.
Patients attending for ordinary GP or nurse appointments may be offered a flu vaccine during these if well enough at that time.
Clinics avaliable to patients over 65 eligible for the flu vaccine:
- Saturday 12th September at Bridge Health Centre, Littlebourne & London Road.
- Saturday 19th September at Bridge Health Centre & Cossington House Surgery.
- Saturday 26th September at Bridge Health Centre, Littlebourne & London Road.
Please contact your surgery to arrange an appointment. Alternatively if you have access to Patient Access you can book your appointment online.
Patients 65 and eligible due to clinical condition:
The vaccine eligible for patients aged 18 to 64 is an Inactivated Quadrivalent Vaccine (QIV). We will be delivering Influvac this year from mid-September.
Children (2-3 year olds):
The live nasal flu vaccine for 2 to 3 years old is called Fluenz which is given via the nostrils.
Patients aged 50-64:
Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccines. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Flu Vaccinations 2020-21 season: FAQs:
This year it is more important than ever to get yourself vaccinated against flu.
For more information about the NHS Flu Campaign, please see: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
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