Flu Vaccines

FLU DROP IN CLINIC DATES;

If you were unable to make it to one of our flu drop in clinics, don't worry! You can still book an appointment with our Nurse. Contact reception on 0151 733 2800 to book your appointment.

This year, the Department of Health have changed the flu vaccine that is given to patients aged 65 years and over. If you were born on or before 31st March 1954, you will receive the new adjuvanted flu vaccine as it works much better in your age group than the vaccine given in previous years. Due to the change, the new vaccines will be available slightly later than usual and will not be available in time for our first flu clinic on 22nd September 2018.

You will also be able to book an appointment with our Practice Nurse in one of our flu clinics running throughout October if you are unable to attend the drop in clinics on 22nd September or 10th November 2018.

Please speak to a receptionist for further details...

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:

  • 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.
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