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Flu

Flu Campaign for 2017

Bankfield Surgery Flu Campaign’ for 2017. If you are eligible for a Flu vaccination this year then please ring the surgery to book an appointment.

So, who should have the flu jab?

The flu vaccination is given free of charge to the following 'at risk' people in order to protect them from seasonal flu:

  • People aged 65 or over

  • Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)

  • People with a serious medical condition:

  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma (that requires inhaled or tablet steroid treatment or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 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 or motor neurone disease

  • Diabetes

  • Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed

  • A weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or as a result of medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

  • People living in a residential or nursing home

  • Main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill.

  • Healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker

The flu vaccine is also recommended for:

children over the age of six months with a long term health condition

healthy children aged two and three

Can I get a flu jab privately?

Yes, you can pay for the flu vaccination privately if you’re unable to have it on the NHS. It is available from some pharmacies.  We offer it here at Bankfield Surgery for members of the public who are not registered with us. Please ring 01422 374662 and speak to one of our reception staff for further information.

If you are not one of our patients and would like a private flu vaccination administered by a fully qualified practitioner please complete the form below and pop it into the surgery.

Click here to download our private flu questionnaire

Children

If you child is aged two or three on the 1st September 2017, they are entitled to a free flu vaccination.

Getting your child vaccinated is the best way to protect them and other members of your family against flu.

Please remember that:

  • Flu is a very serious disease and can kill

  • Between 3000 and 4000 people a year die from flu in England

  • The flu vaccination cannot give you flu

  • The flu vaccination is given quickly and easily. Unlike other vaccinations it is not given by injection but as a nasal spray and will only take a few minutes.

5 reasons to get your child vaccinated against flu

  • There’s now a safe and effective nasal spray vaccine to protect children aged two years and older against flu.

  • The vaccine is easy to give and painless and has been used safely in other countries for a number of years.

  • Flu can be a nasty illness that can lead to a stay in hospital, especially for children with other medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

  • If your child gets flu they won’t be able to go to school/nursery for several days and will need to be cared for at home. You may have to take time off to look after them.

  • Protecting your child can stop the flu spreading to other children he/she may come into contact with, and to the rest of the family, in particular to grandparents, who may be at particular risk from flu.

Shingles immunisation programme from 1 September 2017

Who can have the shingles vaccine?

  • Anyone aged 70 can have the shingles vaccination. You become eligible for the vaccine from the first day of September after your 70th birthday for the following year.

  • People aged 78 or 79 are also eligible for the shingles vaccine on the NHS for a year from the first day of the following September as part of a catch-up programme.

  • Anyone aged 80 and over is unsuitable to have the shingles vaccination on the NHS because it seems to be less effective in this age group.

  • Is there anyone who should not have the shingles vaccination?

You should not have the shingles vaccine if you:

  • have a weakened immune system (for example, because of cancer treatment, if you take steroid tablets or if you've had an organ transplant – your doctor will advise whether this applies to you).

  • you've had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of any of the substances in the vaccine, such as neomycin and gelatin – again, your GP can advise you if this applies to you.

  • you've had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of the chickenpox vaccination have an untreated TB infection.



 
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