The flu vaccine. Better safe than sorry.
Flu is a serious illness and the vaccination is the most effective protection from the virus. People who are ‘at-risk’ can be hit harder with flu and can suffer more complications.
People eligible for the free flu vaccine include: everyone aged 65 and over, under 65s with existing long-term medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis and other heart, lung and liver diseases, pregnant women and unpaid carers of any age. Health and social care staff who deal directly with patients or clients are also recommended to receive the flu vaccine.
In addition, this year for the first time all 2 and 3 year olds are to be offered an annual vaccine along with a quarter of primary school aged children.
Child Flu Vaccination Programme
This year for the first time all 2 and 3 year olds are to be offered an annual vaccine along with a quarter of primary school aged children. In most cases the flu vaccine for children is given as a quick and painless nasal spray into each nostril.
All Fife primary school aged children in P6 and P7 will also be offered the yearly flu vaccine this year. This be extended over the next few years to include all primary and secondary school children in Fife.
Parents of two and three year old children have already received letters inviting them to attend their GP practice for vaccination.
'At Risk' Groups
People considered to be 'at risk' are those of all ages with long-term illnesses, including:
- Chronic respiratory disease, e.g. asthma needing regular inhaled or oral steroids; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Chronic heart conditions
- Chronic kidney or liver disease
- Chronic neurological conditions, e.g. stroke or multiple sclerosis
- Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment, e.g. chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment for cancer or long-term steroid use
- Any other serious medical condition - patients are advised to consult their doctor, practice nurse or pharmacist.
Find out more
Each GP practice makes its own arrangements for offering vaccines to their vulnerable patients and the over 65’s. Parents of two and three year old children have already received letters inviting them to attend their GP practice for vaccination.
If you are confused about whether you are eligible for the vaccine, or would like to find out more information about it, contact NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 or log on to www.immunisationscotland.org.uk for further information on immunisation programmes.
For more information contactNHS Inform, NHS Inform
Tel: 0800 22 44 88