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
- Living in a long stay residential home
- A carer
- 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 diesase
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease
- 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.
For more information about the flu vaccine please visit the websites below:
- Flu and the Flu Vaccine – NHS
- Protect your child against flu – Public Health England
- Flu vaccine and children – NHS
The Department of Health recommends Shingles Vaccination for all patients aged 70-71 or 78-79; this is a one off vaccination offering lifetime protection.
If you are due or eligible for the Shingles Vaccine please call the Surgery on 0208 888 1736. 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 website below: