2018/2019 Seasonal Flu Campaign
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You should have the free flu vaccine if you have one of the following long-term conditions:
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.
Chronic 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
- Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, chronic kidney failure, nephrotic syndrome, kidney 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).
- Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes requiring insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs, diet controlled diabetes.
- 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.
Who should consider having a flu vaccination?
- all those aged two and three (but not four years or older) on 31 August 2018 (ie date of birth on or after 1 September 2014 and on or before 31 August 2016).
- If you are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above).
- People aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups.
- People aged 65 years and over (including those becoming 65 years by 31 March 2019.
- Those 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 prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence etc.).
- Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- Household contacts of immuno-compromised individuals, specifically those who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.
- Frontline health and social care workers with direct patient/service user contact should be provided with flu vaccination by their employer. This includes staff in all NHS trusts, general practices, care homes, and domiciliary care.