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Seasonal Flu Vaccines available
Posted on 21 Sep 2017
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week or two.
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone who is at risk this includes:
- you are aged 65 years old (if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on 31st March 2018 you qualify)
- pregnant women (the flu vaccine is safe to have at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards)
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinsons disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or stroke
- problems with our spleen i.e. sickle cell disease or you have had your spleen removed
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease such as hepatitis
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV, AIDS or chemotherapy
- chronic (long term) respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, bronchitis or asthma (ONLY if it requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment and patient is compliant with medication)
- you are a main Carer for an elderly or disabled person and you are in receipt of Carers Allowance (proof required)
Flu vaccine for children
The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
- children over the age of six months with a long term health condition
- children aged two and three on 31st August 2017 (i.e. born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2015)
- children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four (will be offered in school)
Your childs GP or school will contact you about getting them vaccinated before winter.
The vaccine is given as a single spray squirted up each nostril. It is needle free, quick and painless, absorbed very quickly. It will still work even if after the vaccination your child develops a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose.
Delay having the vaccine if your child has:
- a runny or blocked nose
- are wheezy
If your child has a heavily blocked or runny nose it might stop the vaccine from getting into the system. Postpone the vaccine until ther nasal symptoms have cleared.
If your child is wheezy or has been in the past week, their vaccination should be postponed until they have been wheeze free for at least three days.