FLU AND PNEUMOCOCCAL IMMUNISATION
Patients eligible for the NHS Influenza vaccination in 2021 to 2022 are:
- pregnant women
- those aged 50 years and over
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31st August 2021 (primary school and year 7 to 11 should be done at schools)
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
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. Please phone the surgery during September to make an appointment if the above applies to you.
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease, is available on the NHS to people in their 70s.
You're eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 to 79. The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.