Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation

For some people, an episode of flu is unpleasant (actually it can make you feel dreadful!) and inconvenient. In others, it could lead to more serious complications. For these people at risk of more severe problems, a flu vaccination is available each winter. Every year we invite patients over 65 years and those with conditions for which influenza would be a serious problem, to come in for a flu vaccine. Initially we kick off our yearly campaign with “Flu Day” this is a specific day usually in October or early November where patients who have received a notification from us can come in and get their jab. No appointment is needed on Flu Day and we’ll provide you with a cup of tea and a biscuit before you go home. If Flu day isn’t convenient, you can book an appointment with a nurse or healthcare assistant to get your jab. Let reception know you want a flu jab and they will give you one of the special appointments set aside.

 

Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?

Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk.

 

Who Is At Risk?

  • If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
  • If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
  • If you have chronic heart disease
  • If you have chronic renal disease
  • If you are diabetic
  • If you have a weak immune system
  • If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
  • If you have a chronic liver disease
  • If you are a carer

 

Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?

Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Please phone the surgery during September to make an appointment if the above applies to you.