FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME

SEASONAL FLU VACCINE - Flu clinics are normally held between September - 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 - such as asthma requiring regular inhaled steroids, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronis Heart Disease
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Chronic Neurological Disease - such as Parkinson's disease, motor nurone
  • Immunosupressant - those who have no spleen or are undergoing chemotherapy or steroid treatment
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the Spleen
  • Mobidly Obese  - Patients over 16 with a Body Mass Index of 40 or more
  • Learning disability
  • 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.
  • Pregnant Women
  • Household contacts  of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and, therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.

Patients 50 - 64 years -  Welsh Government for 2021 have  extended the NHS flu vaccination program to offer individuals aged between 50 and 64 years again for this years campaign.

 FLU VACCINE FOR CHILDREN  - For 2021-22, the childhood program will offer vaccination to the following age groups:

 Children aged two and three years on 31 August 2021 will continue to be vaccinated through general practice please contact the practice from the end of August to arrange an appointment.
 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 in secondary school years 7 to 11 are to be offered the vaccine in school via the heath board school nursing service.
 Children aged four years on 31 August 2021 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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