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FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME

SEASONAL FLU VACCINE - Flu clinics are normally held between October - January

REASONS WHY WE MAY NEED A FLU VACCINE

Influenza (flu) is a viral infection that can affect us at any age and strikes mainly during the winter months.  We catch it by breathing in droplets in the air that contain the virus.  Typically the symptoms start to develop one to three days later, with the first signs being headache, sore throat, runny nose, aching muscles, fever and shivering.  Flu causes complete exhaustion and this extreme fatigue may last for two or three weeks.

PATIENTS AT RISK ENTITLED TO A FLU VACCINE

  • All patients over 65

Under 65's who suffer from one of the conditions below

  • Chronic Respiratory Disease - Asthma patients that require continuous or repeated use of inhalers. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronis Heart Disease
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Chronic Neurological Disease
  • Immunosupressant - those who have no spleen or are undergoing chemotherapy or steroid treatment
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the Spleen
  • Mobidly Obese Adults - Body Mass Index of 40 or more
  • Carers - if you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person, their well being could be placed at risk should you fall ill as it may be difficult for you to continue to look after that person. Please speak to the receptionist about completing a carers form.
  • Poultry Workers
  • Pregnant Womern

 

FLU VACCINE FOR CHILDREN - A flu immunisation programme for children is being rolled out in a phased manner. Eventually, all children aged 2-16 years of age will be offered annual flu immunisation routinely.

Children eligible in primary care  - Aged 2 & 3 on 31st August (i.e DOB on or after 1 September 2013 & on or before 31 August 2015

 click on the link below for further information regarding the childrens programme where you will also be able to check if your child is eligible. 

 http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/69532

 

 



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