Flu or Influenza is a virus that can cause people to feel very unwell for upto 2 weeks. The flu is not the same as a common cold. Flu is sometimes referred to as Seasonal Influenza as it is more likely to occur during Autumn and Winter months. Some people can develop some more serious complications from this and therefore are eligible for a flu injection every year. Children will be offered the nasal flu drops.
Are You Eligible for a Flu Injection?
The following patients are eligible for flu injections:
- Everyone between 6 months and 65 years of age who has one of these long-term medical conditions:
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- a kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- liver disease
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological condition, eg multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, eg sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
- Two- and three- year-old children*
- Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4*
- Primary school-aged children in some parts of the country*
- Pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
- Everyone aged 65 and over
- Everyone living in a residential or nursing home
- Everyone who is the main carer for an older or disabled person
- Household contacts of anyone who is immunocompromised
- Frontline health and social care workers
Please note that this list does not cover all those eligible. If you feel you would be eligible, please book an appointment with the GP or Practice Nurse to discuss further.