Flu Vaccinations

Flu and Other Vaccinations

FLU VACCINATIONS

AS LAST YEAR, THERE ARE THREE VACCINES AVAILABLE. WHICH ONE YOU WILL RECEIVE DEPENDS ON YOUR AGE:

  • Trivalent vaccine for patients aged 65 years and over (as at 31.03.2020)
  • Quadrivalent vaccine for at risk patients aged 6m – 2 years and 18 – 64 years
  • Nasal quadrivalent vaccine for children 2 – 17 years

NORMALLY FLU VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE FROM MID SEPTEMBER. THIS YEAR THERE IS A NATIONAL SUPPLY ISSUE WITH THE QUADRIVALENT VACCINE. IT WILL BE RECEIVED IN 3  INSTALMENTS FROM MID OCTOBER – MID NOVEMBER. 

THE DATES FOR SATURDAY FLU CLINICS ARE 28.09.19 (Only for patients aged 65 and over) AND 26.10.19 (for all eligible patients). PLEASE CONTACT RECEPTION TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT.

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

  • Age 65 and over
  • Respiratory problems (including Asthma and COPD)
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Heart problems
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Neurological Problems, including Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons
  • Pregnant women (please see below for further detail)
  • Problems with your spleen
  • Weakened immune system
  • Long-term use of steroids or having chemotherapy
  • Living in residential or nursing homes
  • Main carer for an elderly or disabled person
  • Children over the age of six months with a long-term health condition
  • Children born between 01.09.2015 – 31.08.2017).
  • Frontline health and social care staff
  • Patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 and above

Pregnant women are advised to have the vaccine at any stage of their pregnancy. It:

  • reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
  • reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birth weight because of the flu
  • will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life

 

PNEUMOCOCCOL VACCINATIONS

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 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.