Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.
You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
- being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
- eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2018 – that is, children born between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016
- Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2018. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice.
- Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings.
Please check the website, facebook, twitter and reception areas for clinic and appointment updates
This year there are two vaccines. One for patients over 65 years and another vaccine for patients under 65 years. We have been asked to prioritise those patients who are most at risk by inviting patients in a particular order.
Our deliveries of the vaccines have been staggered this year and our reception team have been, at times, limited to the appointments they can offer patients due to clinic sizes and delivery dates. Please be aware that this is the reason you may be asked to contact us again at a later date to book your flu immunisation. We would not want to offer our patients an appointment when we cannot be 100% confident that we would have taken delivery of our nominated stock of vaccines prior to appointments.