Penny Lane Surgery

Flu Vaccines

FLU DROP IN CLINIC DATES;

Our flu drop in clinics have finished for this year however you can book a routine appointment with our Practice Nurse for your flu vaccine if you were unable to make one of our clinics.

For adults 65+ or patients in an "At Risk" group 

For most people flu is an unpleasant illness, but it is not serious. If you are otherwise healthy, you will usually recover from flu within a week.

However, certain people are at greater risk of developing complications of flu, such as bronchitis (an infection of the main airways of the lungs) and pneumonia (a lung infection). These conditions can be serious and may require hospital treatment.

At-risk groups

The flu vaccine is offered free of charge to people who are at risk to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You are eligible to receive a free flu vaccine if you:

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  • Are 65 years of age or over  

  • Are pregnant (including women who become pregnant during the flu season) 

  • Have a certain medical condition (see below) 
     
  • Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility (not including prisons, young offender institutions or university halls of residence)

  • Are in receipt of a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 

People with medical conditions

The flu vaccine is offered free to anyone over the age of six months if they have any of the following medical conditions:

  • 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, such as hepatitis

  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease 

  • Diabetes

  • Problems with your spleen - for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed 

  • A weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or as a result of having treatment that suppresses the immune system, such as chemotherapy

  • If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP about this.