Seasonal influenza vaccination
Every winter we offer flu vaccination to all of our 'at risk' patients.
We strongly recommend vaccination against flu for those who are considered 'at risk' of the more serious complications because of their other medical problems.
'At risk' is defined by the Department of Health (in their annual update) as people who:
• Are aged over 65 years old
• Suffer from diabetes (both types 1 and 2)
• Suffer from a chronic respiratory disease (e.g. asthma [only if requiring continuous treatment with a brown or red inhaler or oral steroids or if previous exacerbations required hospital admission], chronic bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, cystic fibrosis, interstital lung fibrosis, pneumonicosis, BPD)
• Suffer from a chronic heart disease (e.g. congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac complications, chronic heart failure, angina, previous heart attack or other forms of ischaemic heart disease)
• Suffer from a chronic renal disease (e.g. nephrotic syndrome, chronic renal failure, renal transplantation)
• Suffer from a chronic liver disease (e.g. cirrhosis of the liver biliary atresia, chronic hepatitis)
• Suffer from immunosupression (e.g. long term immunosupressant therapy, asplenia, splenic dysfunction, HIV, ongoing chemotherapy, etc)
• Pregnant women
• Children aged 2-4 years old