FLU CLINIC SEPT-APRIL EACH YEAR
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We offer Flu and in some cases PNEUMONIA vaccination to the following groups:
All patients aged 65 years and over
“Sixty-five and over” is defined as those 65 and over on 31 March
All patients aged 2 or 3 years
These children will be offered vaccination for the first time this year as part of a campaign.
Chronic respiratory disease
Aged six months or older Asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). Children who have previously been admitted to hospital for lower respiratory tract disease.
Chronic heart disease
aged six months or older Congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac complications, chronic heart failure, individuals requiring regular medication and/or follow-up for ischaemic heart disease.
Chronic kidney disease
aged six months or older Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, chronic kidney failure, nephrotic syndrome, kidney transplantation.
Chronic liver disease
aged six months or older Cirrhosis, biliary artesia, chronic hepatitis
Chronic neurological disease
aged six months or older Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers). Individuals with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and related or similar conditions; or hereditary and degenerative disease of the nervous system or muscles; or severe neurological disability.
aged six months or older Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes requiring insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs, diet controlled diabetes.
Aged six months or older Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment. Patients undergoing chemotherapy leading to immunosuppression. Asplenia or splenic dysfunction, HIV infection at all stages. Individuals treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroids for more than a month at a dose equivalent to prednisolone at 20mg or more per day (any age) or for children under 20kg a dose of 1mg or more per kg per day.
Household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, i.e. individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable. This may include carers (see below).
Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (first, second or third trimesters).
People living in long-stay residential care homes
Vaccination is recommended for people living in longstay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, or university halls of residence.
Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer, or the carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
Health and Social Care Staff
Professional health and social care workers who are in direct contact with patients/clients should be vaccinated by their employer as part of an occupational health programme.