ELM Group – Flu vaccinations
Flu vaccination clinics
Every year the practice runs a series of flu clinics providing flu vaccinations for patients that are deemed to be at risk.
This is part of the national flu immunisation programme which aims to protect those most at risk of serious illness or death should they catch flu.
In the UK, the Department of Health recommends annual flu vaccination for adults aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those living in long-stay residential care homes, healthcare workers and carers, and all those aged six months and over with any of the following conditions:1,2
|•||Serious heart disease|
|•||Chest problems including certain asthmatics on steroid inhalers or steroid tablets, those with chronic bronchitis and emphysema|
|•||Serious kidney disease|
|•||Lowered immunity due to disease such as cancer or an absent or dysfunctional spleen and treatment with chemotherapy or high doses of steroids|
|•||Serious liver disease;|
|•||Anyone who has ever had a stroke or a mini-stroke|
|•||Those who have cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and related or similar conditions or hereditary and degenerative diseases of the nervous system or muscles or severe neurological disability should be assessed individually by their GP|
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