Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation

Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?

Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk.  We run a campaign to offer immunisation to eligible patients every autumn.


Who Is At Risk?

  • If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
  • If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
  • If you have chronic heart disease
  • If you have chronic renal disease
  • If you are diabetic
  • If you have a weak immune system
  • If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
  • If you have a chronic liver disease
  • If you are a carer


Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?

Everybody aged 65 and over, and anyone between the ages of 2 and 64 with a health conditon that increases their risk of pneumococcal infection should be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. This is usually a one off immunisation that is given at anytime during the year.  It may need to repeated if you have a health condition that increases your risk.  Please phone the surgery to make an appointment if the above applies to you.


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