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Flu Vaccines 2, 3 and 4 year olds 2018

Background

The Department of Health have recommended that the seasonal flu programme should be extended to childres aged 2 – 17 years. This is in order to lower the impact of flu on children and lower flu transmission to other children, adults and those in clinical risk groups of any age.

Vaccine

Fluenz is the recommended vaccine; this is administered as a nasal spray and is given as a single dose. It is a live vaccine.

When can I book my child for this vaccine?

The surgery will be organising clinics sometime in October, the dates of which will be posted in the surgery and on the website. If you are unable to attend the clinic the Practice Nurse will administer the vaccine opportunistically.

Please see www.nhs.uk/child-flu for more information.

The National Flu immunisation programme 2017/2018

The following people are eligible for flu vaccination:

Those aged 65 years and over.

Those aged 6 months to under 65 in clinical risk groups as listed below:

  • Pregnant women
  • All 2,3,and 4 year olds
  • Those in long stay residential care home
  • Carers registered with the practice

Risk groups 6 months to 65 years include:

  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Chronic Kidney disease
  • Chronic Liver disease
  • Patients who are diabetic
  • Patients with immunosuppression
  • Patients with chronic degenerative neurological disease including:
    • stroke
    • TIA
    • cerebral palsy
    • MS

Other eligible group include:

  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
  • Morbid obesity:
    • Adults with a BMI of 40+

We will be holding clinics on:

  • TBA

Please contact the surgery to book your appointment. If you cannot make the designated clinics please ask when you have your routine appointment or book a routine appointment with the Practice Nurse

For more information see www.doh.gov.uk/immunisations or talk to your Health Visitor or one of our Practice Nurses.