Flu Vaccinations

Flu and Other Vaccinations

FLU VACCINATIONS – Vaccinations will be available from Autumn 2020


Pneumococcal vaccinations are available throughout the year to all eligible patients.

Pneumococcal disease, including septicaemia, pneumonia and meningitis particularly affects the very young, the elderly, those with an absent or non-functioning spleen and with impaired immunity.

Pneumococcal vaccinations are available throughout the year.

Pneumococcal immunisation is recommended for patients with any of the following:

  • Age 65 and over
  • Chronic respiratory disease (such as COPD)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with your spleen (including Coeliac Disease)
  • Weakened immune system
  • Long-term use of steroids or having Chemotherapy
  • People with cochlear implants
  • People with cerebrospinal fluid leaks
  • Some people with an occupational risk, including those who work with metal fumes, such as welders

Most adults only require one Pneumococcal immunisation in their lifetime.
You can have this injection at the same time as your flu vaccination.


Shingles vaccinations are available throughout the year to all eligible patients.

Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. Shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is now available.
The vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.

Patients are currently eligible for the shingles vaccine from their 70th birthday.
Anyone who was eligible for immunisation previously remains eligible for the vaccination until their 80th birthday. This includes people in their 70s who were born after 1 September 1942 and people aged 79 years.

You only need to have this vaccination once.
You can have a shingles vaccination at the same time as having a flu or Pneumonia vaccination.

The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 and over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.

You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, though many find it convenient to have it at the same time as their flu vaccination.

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