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Who should have a flu vaccine?

Date published: 17/01/2019

People with one (or more) long term health condition.Beat Flu

Individuals from six months of age who have a medical condition that increases their vulnerability to complications of influenza are routinely offered annual flu vaccination.

This includes people with:

  • Chest problems (including moderate to severe asthma);
  • Diabetes (including diet controlled);
  • Heart problems;
  • Kidney disease;
  • Liver disease;
  • Neurological disease (including stroke and mini stroke);
  • Suppressed immune system (maybe due to cancer treatment);
  • Adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more: Morbidly obese adults are at increased risk of complications if they catch influenza so annual vaccine is recommended;
  • Pregnant women: Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to severe complications of influenza and if caught during pregnancy may be associated with premature birth and smaller birth size and weight;
  • Individuals aged 65 years or over: With increasing age comes increased vulnerability to the complications of influenza;
  • People who live in a care home: Care home residents are amongst the most vulnerable to complications of influenza. Flu spreads easily in confined environments, and is a threat to the health of residents and staff;
  • Carers: Those who are an unpaid carer of a person whose health or welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

Did you know that flu spreads easily and flu vaccine is the best way to protect against catching and spreading flu? Make sure you’ve had yours if you’re eligible – there’s still time!

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