Flu Clinics 2016

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious viral illness that can cause serious complications in vulnerable people/people suffering from long term chronic conditions.

A vaccine against various strains of flu is available every year and the Department of Health recommends immunisations for ‘at risk’ groups.

If you are:

  • over 65 years of age (including those turning 65 by 31st March 2017)
  • Living in a long stay residential home
  • A carer
  • Pregnant
  • Severely overweight with a BMI over 40

If you suffer from a long term chronic condition such as:

  • Chronic (long term) respiratory disease (severe asthma requiring regular use of steroids, COPD or bronchitis)
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease
  • Diabetes
  • Weakened immunity system due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication, cancer treatment, HIV/AIDS
  • No spleen or dysfunction of the spleen

IF your child is aged 2, 3 or 4*

This year the Department of Health (DOH) recommends immunisation of ALL children aged 2, 3 and 4 (including healthy children). This is in the form of a nasal spray.

*Only eligible if the child is 2, 3 or 4 by 31st August ’16 (date of birth between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2014).

For more information about the flu vaccine please visit the websites below:

Shingles

Shingles is a one-off vaccination that offers life time protection.

The Department of Health recommends Shingles Vaccination for all patients:

  • Aged 70, 71, 72 or 73 on 1/9/2016
  • Aged 78 or 79 on 1/9/2016

Please book an appointment with one of our nurses.

During flu season you can have this vaccine during your flu clinic appointment.

This vaccine should not be given to patients who are immune suppressed, e.g. patients who are on chemotherapy or high doses of oral steroids.

For more information about the shingles vaccine please visit the NHS Choices website.