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2017 Flu vaccine is now at Medplus

June 3, 2017

Why and When should you get Influenza Vaccine?

Who is Eligible for free Influenza Vaccine

The following groups of patients are eligible for free Influenza vaccine between 1st Mar and 31st December 2017.

  1. Anyone aged 65 years or over
  2. Pregnant women (any trimester)
  3. Anyone under 65 years with any of the medical conditions listed here:
    1. Heart (ischaemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease)
    2. Cerebrovascular disease
    3. Lung (asthma, if on regular preventer, chronically impaired lung function)
    4. Diabetes
    5. Chronic kidney disease
    6. Cancer (excluding basal and squamous cell skin cancers if not invasive)
    7. Children aged four years and under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness
    8. Other qualifying conditions (autoimmune disease, immune suppression/deficiency, HIV, transplant recipients, neuromuscular and CNS diseases/disorders, haemoglobinopathies, children on long term aspirin, cochlear implant, errors of metabolism at risk of major metabolic decompensation, pre and post splenectomy, Down's syndrome.)

Who can have Influenza Vaccine?

2017 seasonal influenza vaccine will offer protection against the following strains: