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 ENTITLED TO A FLU VACCINE IN PRIMARY CARE

  • All patients over 65

Under 65's who are at risk

  • 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 Women
  • Household contacts of people on the NHS Shielded List

Patients 50 - 64 years - We are currently waiting further information from Welsh Government and the Local Health Board on how flu vaccination might be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to individuals aged between 50 and 64 years, following prioritisation of other eligible groups and subject to vaccine supply. 

 FLU VACCINE FOR CHILDREN  - For 2020-21, the childhood programme will offer vaccination to the following age groups:


 Children aged two and three years on 31 August 2020 will continue to be vaccinated through general practice by invitation.
 Children in school reception class and in all primary school years 1 to 6 (ages 4 to 11 years) are to be offered the vaccine in school via the heath board school nursing service.
 Children aged four years on 31 August 2020 who do not attend school will be offered the vaccine on request or opportunistically by primary care. It is expected that this will apply to very few children as the majority will attend school from four years of age.

 Click on the link below which will take you to the Public Health Wales website for further information on flu 

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

 

 



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