Flu and Shingles Campaigns
You need a ‘flu jab’ if you:
- Are aged 65 years and over
- Live in long-term residential or nursing homes
- Have chronic heart or chest complaints including asthma or COPD
- Have chronic kidney or liver disease
- Have a chronic neurological condition
- Have diabetes
- Have lowered immunity due to disease or treatment, for example, steroid medication or cancer treatment
- Are pregnant
Health workers and carers are also offered the ‘flu jab’.
The ‘flu jab’ is offered to those considered to be more at risk should they get flu. If you fall into one of the groups mentioned above, help to control flu by having a ‘flu jab’.
The flu virus is easily passed from person to person. Most people recover from the flu but complications can occur, particularly in the elderly and in people with certain medical conditions which can result in serious illness and may be life-threatening.
Flu Vaccine for Children
An annual nasal spray flu vaccine is being offered to children in certain age groups. Over time, as the programme rolls out, potentially all children between the ages of two and 16 could be vaccinated against flu each year with the nasal spray.
The vaccine is given as a nasal spray squirted up each nostril and works even better than the injected vaccine in children. It’s quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus.
The new nasal spray flu vaccine will not only help to protect your child from getting flu, it will also stop the disease spreading from them to their family, carers and the wider population.
Children with long-term health conditions are at extra risk from flu and it’s especially important that they are vaccinated against flu each year. Children at risk of flu are already offered an annual flu injection. As the nasal spray is more effective than the injected vaccine, children aged between two and 18 with long-term health conditions will be offered the annual flu nasal spray instead of the injection.
The nasal spray flu vaccine has very few side effects, the main one being that vaccinated children may have a runny nose for a short time.
Dates for 2020 Flu Clinics
- Dates for 2020 flu clinics will be released soon
Shingles Campaign – appointments are currently on hold because of the Covid-19 Pandemic
In September 2013, a national immunisation programme was introduced by the Department of Health for people in certain age groups to help protect those most at risk from Shingles. Shingles is a condition that is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Once you have had chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in your nervous system and later in life can reactivate and cause Shingles. Shingles is most common and tends to be more severe in people aged over 70 years as the immune system weakens with age.
Shingles vaccinations are available for patients when they reach their 70th birthday and for any unvaccinated individuals in their 70s before their 80th birthday.
People aged 80 and over are not part of the national programme.
If you are eligible for a Shingles vaccination this year, please contact the surgery to make an appointment by visiting our Consulting Room.