Do not book a flu vaccination unless you fall into one of the high risk groups.Do not book a flu vaccination unless you fall into one of the high risk groups.
The following patients are considered to be at a higher than average risk of developing complications of flu and it is recommended that you should have a flu jab if you:
- Are 65 or over
- Have a serious medical condition (see below)
- Live in a residential or nursing home
- Are the main Carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- Are a healthcare or social care professional directly involved in patient care
Medical Conditions that put you at higher risk of flu:
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, COPD or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease
- A weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment.
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.