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Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why

Who is at risk from the effects of flu

PHE state: Flu can affect anyone but if you have a long-term health condition the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well. You should have the free flu vaccine if you are:

 

  • Pregnant or if you have a long term condition such as:
  • a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma, emphysema or bronchitis)
  • a heart problem
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment
  • liver disease
  • had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • diabetes
  • a neurological condition i.e. MS, cerebral palsy or learning disabilities
  • a problem with your splee e.g. sickle cell disease or you have had your spleen removed
  • are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)

Who is the vaccination for?

As well as patients for are listed in the above, the following people should consider having the flu vaccination:

  • aged 65 years and over
  • those living in residential or nursing homes
  • carers of disabled or older adults
  • a household contact of an immunocompromised person
  • children over six months who have one of the conditions listed above

If you would like to know more, please contact the practice on  01494 439149 or take a look at the Public Health England information leaflet available here.

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