Who can have a seasonal flu vaccination Clinic (dates below)?
We can only give a seasonal flu jab to the following people:
- Those aged 65 years and over (on 31/3/2013)
- All those aged 6 months or older with the following conditions:
- Chest problems, including certain asthmatics on steroid inhalers or steroid tablets and those with chronic bronchitis or emphysema.
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease
- People who are immunosuppressed, have no spleen or whose spleen does not work properly
- Pregnant women (@ any stage of pregnancy)
- Those in contact with people who may be a risk of developing serious complications from flu
- People living in long stay residential care homes
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.