Flu can be serious, and having a flu vaccine is the best protection against it. That’s why a yearly flu vaccination is recommended for the people who are most at risk of complications if they catch flu.
The flu vaccine is free for everyone (from six months of age) who has:
-a long-term chest complaint, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
-moderate or severe asthma
-a heart problem
–kidney disease (from stage 3)
-had a stroke or a mini stroke, or who has another neurological disorder (for example,multiple sclerosis)
-an immune system that isn’t working well
-had their spleen removed or has a spleen that isn’t working very well
-is a very overweight adult (with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more) to calculate your BMI please use this link http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/LiveWell/BMICalculator/
It is also recommended and free for people who are:
-aged 65 or over
–living in a long-stay care home
–carers (unpaid) if you care for someone who is elderly or disabled, or someone whose health and/or welfare may be at risk if you fall ill, speak to the surgery about having a flu vaccine. Even if you don’t live with the person that you care for, or receive money for caring for them, you may still be eligibe for a free vaccine.
Read more about the flu vaccine for carers on the Carers UK website.
For children: A free nasal-spray flu vaccine is recommended for all children who are aged two or three on 31 August 2019.
Unfortunately this is not available for Practices to order from the NHS at present. We will update Parents and you will receive a letter invitation from the surgery when this is available.
All children in primary school from reception class will be offered their vaccine at school, if you haven’t received information about this yet, please contact the school to confirm the planned vaccination date.
Flu vaccine is the best way to protect against catching or spreading flu – so don’t miss out. If you are still not sure if you can have a free flu vaccine, ask at the surgery for advice.
Find out more about flu and flu vaccines at www.beatflu.org
Contact us to book your appointment