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.  Annual Flu vaccination clinics are held at the surgery 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 should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis.  You can have this done at the same time as your flu vaccination if you have not had it previously -  you only need the Pneumococcal vaccine once.