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Influenza Vaccination

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FLU VACC SEASON IS NOW OVER

Please return to this page after summer when it will be updated

PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SURGERY

Every single flu jab you have elsewhere means loss of funding for your GP practice.

Please support your local surgery by having your flu jab with us.

Please support us by having your flu jab with us

Eligible groups

You can have the flu jab if you are in these groups:

Long term lung conditions

  • Asthmatics who take regular inhaled or oral steroids or who have had hospital admissions for asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung fibrosis
  • Pneumoconiosis (Dust)

Long term heart or circulation conditions

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack, angina and other ischaemic heart disease
  • Peripheral vascular (circulation) disease
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy

Long term neurological (brain/nerve) conditions

  • Stroke
  • TIA ('mini-stroke')
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Dementia
  • Spinal disease or paralysis affecting lung function
  • Myaesthenia

Long term kidney conditions

  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney impairment
  • Kidney transplant

Long term liver conditions

  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver transplant

Endocrine (hormonal) conditions

  • Diabetic patients on diet only, oral drugs or injections
  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • Addison's disease (lack of natural body steroids)

Reduced immunity due to medical conditions or drugs

  • No spleen (e.g. due to injury or illness)
  • On long term steroids
  • On cytotoxic or immunity suppressing drugs e.g., rheumatoid arthritis injections, active cancer treatment
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Coeliac disease (wheat intolerance)
  • Systemic lupus
  • Certain blood disorders and blood cancers

Pregnant women

  • All currently pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy

Age or circumstance

  • Anybody aged 65 years and over including those becoming 65 by March 31st 2020
  • Long stay residential care homes patients
  • Carers who are in receipt of a carer's allowance, main carers, or those carers who regularly look after a person whose welfare would be at risk if they (the carer) become ill
  • Morbidly obese patients i.e., BMI of 40 or above
  • Patients with learning disabilities
  • Consideration will be given to vaccinating those who are in the same household as someone with a severely suppressed immune system - cases will be considered individually and vaccination is not guaranteed
  • Children aged 2 to 3 years (date of birth between September 1st 2014 and August 31st 2017 inclusive) - download an information leaflet

Not eligible

The following groups cannot have a flu jab at the surgery

Professional carers

  • Professional carers, health or social care workers who are otherwise not in any of the above eligible groups should contact their employer (or their occupational health department) who will have their own arrangements for administering flu jabs to their workers

Previous conditions with full recovery or which are now stable

  • Patients who have previously had chest infections with no residual long term problems are not at any more risk of respiratory complications from developing flu than that of the general population
  • Patients who have previously had treatment for cancer and are now either recovered or stable with no active ongoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment

Babies under 6 months of age

  • Flu jabs are not recommended in children in this age group even in the presence of at-risk conditions

Children who are going to be vaccinated at school

  • Children in school years reception, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (date of birth between September 1st 2008 and August 31st 2014 inclusive) will be invited separately and vaccinated at school - download an information leaflet

Non-eligible patients wishing the flu jab privately

  • Unfortunately, though we would be happy to do so, unfair and restrictive clauses in our contract mean that, unlike other organisations, we are not permitted to offer flu jabs to any of our non-eligible patients privately - if you wish to challenge this, please contact your MP

INFORMATION ABOUT ELIGIBILITY

Department of Health guidance forms the main basis for the eligibility criteria shown above. Criteria are subject to change according to latest medical guidance and eligibility for flu jabs is at the discretion of the doctor based on his or her clinical judgement