Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?
Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk
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. Please phone the surgery during September to make an appointment if the above applies to you.
You will need to have a tetanus booster every 10 years and a polio booster if you are visiting a part of the world where the risk is high. We also offer a flu vaccine from September every year, especially for the over 65s and those considered to be in an 'at risk' group. Please see the nurse.
Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?
You may be able to get a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine in autumn 2023 if you’re at increased risk from COVID-19.
COVID autumn boosters are available for the following eligible people:
- Frontline health and social care workers
- People aged 16 to 64 years who are carers, as defined in the UKHSA Green , and staff working in care homes for older adults
- People aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression, as defined in the UKHSA Green
- Residents in care homes for older adults
- People aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group, as defined in tables 3 and 4 of the COVID-19 chapter of the UKHSA Green on Immunisation
- All adults aged 65 years and over