Adult Flu Vaccinations
Flu vaccinations are currently offered free of charge to the following at risk groups via your GP practice;
- People aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31st March 2013)
- All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- People living in long-stay residential care homes
- People who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
People with serious medical conditions (see example list below) are also entitled to free flu vaccinations:
- Chronic (long term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis;
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;
- Chronic kidney disease;
- Chronic liver disease;
- Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease;
- Diabetes; or
- A weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment).
Please contact your GP practice direct with any questions you might have regarding the flu vaccine and to arrange your appointment to receive the vaccine.
Pregnant women may also like to discuss the flu vaccine with their midwife.