Flu Update – We are planning a clinic on Wednesday 29th Sept in the Glenridding Public Hall. Please do not ring the Surgery, we will be contacting you shortly when we have the received confirmation of vaccines deliveries etc.
You’re eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2021 to 2022) if you’ll be aged 65 or over on 31 March 2021. That is, you were born on or before 31 March 1957. So, if you’re currently 64 but will be 65 by 31 March 2022, you do qualify.
You should have the flu vaccine if you:
- are pregnant
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- 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, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- 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
- live with someone who’s at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter
Flu vaccine will be also given to all 50-64-year-olds again this year
However, if you are aged 50-64 in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.
Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It’s your employer’s responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.
You will be notified by letter or text to inform you of when our clinics will be run. Ring reception if you need any further information.