The National Flu Immunisation Programme 2018/2019:
The flu vaccine is available every year, free of charge on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However people in certain high risk groups are more likely to develop potentially serious complications from flu, such as bronchitis or pneumonia, so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.
The flu vaccine is routinely offered:
Anyone who will be 65 years or over on March 31 2019.
Those aged 6 months to 64 years who fall into any of the following high risk groups:
- Pregnant women
- All 2, 3, and 4 year olds (see our Child Health Services page.)
- Those in long stay residential care homes
- Carers registered with the practice
- Patients with any of the following medical conditions:
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Patients who are diabetic (any type)
- Patients with any form of immunosuppression
- Patients with any chronic degenerative neurological disease including:
- cerebral palsy
The practice holds several dedicated flu clinics throughout the autumn and winter months and we will contact eligible patients to arrange their vaccinations at the start of the annual flu season (from September – October onwards).
Is There Anyone Who Shouldn’t Have the Flu Vaccine?
Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.
Please speak you your GP or a Practice Nurse if you have any concerns about receiving the flu vaccine.
Egg allergy and the flu vaccine
People who have an egg allergy may be at increased risk of reaction to the injectable flu vaccine because some flu vaccines are made using eggs.
In recent years, flu vaccines that are egg-free have become available. If an egg-free flu vaccine isn’t available, your GP may be able to find a suitable flu vaccine with a low egg content.
Depending on the severity of your egg allergy, your GP may decide to refer you to a specialist to have the vaccination in hospital.
Fever and the flu vaccine
If you are ill with a fever, it’s best to delay your flu vaccination until you have recovered. There is no need to delay your flu vaccine if you have a minor illness with no fever such as a cold.
Antibiotics and the flu vaccine
It is fine to have the flu vaccine while you are taking antibiotics.
You can find more information regarding the National Flu Immunisation Programme on The NHS Website.