Flu Vaccination

We are offering Flu injections for all eligible patients.
Please telephone the surgery (0191 5689510) if you have not received the invitation  and you fall into one of the risk groups mentioned below.

Eligible groups

All aged 65 years and over.
Others belonging to risk groups below
aged 6 months or above.

Chronic respiratory disease
Asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).
Children who have previously been admitted to hospital for lower respiratory tract disease

Heart Disease
Congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac complications, chronic heart failure, individuals requiring regular medication and/or follow-up for ischaemic heart disease.

Chronic Kidney Disease
G3, 4 or 5 chronic kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome, kidney transplantation

Liver disease
Cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, liver transplantation

Chronic Neurological disease
Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised due to neurological disease (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers).
Clinicians will consider on an individual basis the clinical needs of patients including individuals with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and related or similar conditions; or hereditary and degenerative disease of the nervous system or muscles; or severe neurological or severe learning disability.

Including both type 1 and type 2 (diet controlled, controlled with tablets or injections).

Immunosupression due to disease or treatment
Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including patients undergoing chemotherapy leading to immunosuppression, bone marrow transplant, HIV infection at all stages, multiple myeloma or genetic disorders affecting the immune system (e.g. IRAK-4, NEMO, compliment deficiency).
Individuals treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroids for more than a month at a dose equivalent to prednisolone at 20mg or more per day (any age), or for children under 20kg, a dose of 1mg or more per kg per day.
It is difficult to define at what level of immunosuppression a patient could be considered to be at a greater risk of the serious consequences of influenza and should be offered influenza vaccination. This decision is best made on an individual basis and left to the patient’s clinician.
Some immunocompromised patients may have a suboptimal immunological response to the vaccine.

All pregnant women
Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (first, second or third trimesters).



Children aged 2 , 3 and 4 year olds. (Not 5 years or older on 1 September 2014)
Children with date of birth on or after 2 September 2009 and on or before 1 September 2012.
Departmentt of Health recommends in the interest of safety not to offer flu injection to children who  turn 2 after the 1 September.

Those in long-stay residential care homes
Vaccination is recommended for people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, or university halls of residence.

Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer, or the carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

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