Held by: Practice Nurses Peni Fox, Alison Thomas, Sadie Stone & Justine Bennett, HCA Nina Pogorzelski
Additional Information: Flu (influenza) is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant. You can catch flu all year round, but it’s especially common in winter, which is why it’s also known as seasonal flu.
You are eligible to book an appointment for a free flu vaccine if you are:
* 65 years of age or over * pregnant * have certain medical conditions * receive a carer’s allowance Or have a serious long term health condition, including: * Chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD, emphysema * chronic heart disease or heart failure * chronic kidney failure * chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis * chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or stroke * Diabetes * problems with your spleen, sickle cell disease or have had a splenectomy * weakened immune system as a result of a condition such as HIV or AIDS.
Anyone in these risk groups are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.
Children in Reception classes and years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination via their school.