This year the next sessions for the walk-in flu for the over 65's and at risk patients is:
Monday 1st October 2-6pm
Wednesday 3rd October 2-6pm
Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
people aged 65 or over,
people aged 6 months to 65 years with a serious medical conditions including:
Diabetes Coronary Heart Disease or Heart failure, Asthmatics taking oral or inhaled steroids, Emphysema, Chronic lung disease, Stroke, Multiple sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Chronic Kidney or Liver disease, Sickle cell anaemia, Removal of spleen for any reason, Organ transplantation, Immunosuppressant therapy including cancer therapy, Rheumatoid arthritis SLE(Lupus)
people living in a residential or nursing home
the main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill
healthcare or social care professionals directly involved in patient care
Shingles vaccine it may be time to get cover!
You're eligible for the shingles vaccine if you're aged 70 or 78 years old.
In addition, anyone who was previously eligible but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday.
Pneumococcal vaccine - am I eligible?
people aged 65 and over
anyone from the ages of 2 to 65 with a long-term health condition.
- Cover is for life, unless you have chronic kidney disease or do not have a spleen. In which case 5 yearly boosters are needed.
For more information on flu immunisation, including background information on the vaccine and how you can get the jab, see Seasonal flu jab.
HPA - Season Flu Guide
RCGP & RPS Joint Statement on Flu Vaccines
Seasonal Flu guide
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.