FLU AND PNEUMOCOCCAL IMMUNISATION

If you are eligible for a flu vaccine, and have not had one yet, please contact the surgery to book your vaccination.

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk.

This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You should have the flu vaccine if you: 

  • are 65 years old or over   
  • are pregnant 
  • have certain medical conditions 
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility 
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 

Hereford Medical Group will vaccinate children, with the child nasal flu vaccine, aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2019 (that is, born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2017)

If you think you are eligible for a flu vaccination but are not sure, click here for more information.

Help us, help you this winter by having your flu jab!

Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?

Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk.

 

Who Is At Risk?

  • If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
  • If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
  • If you have chronic heart disease
  • If you have chronic renal disease
  • If you are diabetic
  • If you have a weak immune system
  • If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
  • If you have a chronic liver disease
  • If you are a carer

 

Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?

Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Please phone the surgery during September to make an appointment if the above applies to you.