Flu Vac 2018/19 - Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?
Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?
Influenza can affect anyone. The following groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease or complications such as bronchitis or secondary bacterial pneumonia, or otitis media in children and are eligible for a flu vaccine:
- people over 65 years of age (including those becoming 65 years by 31st March 2019)
- people with underlying health conditions
- pregnant women and
- children under six months of age have a higher risk
For the 2018/19 season, patients aged six months to less than 65 years of age with the following underlying health conditions are eligible to receive influenza vaccine:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
Other Cohorts eligible for vaccination within the National Specifications
- All pregnant women, including those who become pregnant during the delivery of the influenza programme, are eligible to receive influenza vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. Influenza infection during pregnancy may be associated with perinatal mortality, prematurity, lower birth weight and smaller neonatal size.
- People living in long stay residential care home or other long stay care facilities
- Those who are in receipt of a Carers allowance or are the main Carer and household contact of immunocompromised individuals
- Locum GP - Where locum GPs wish to be vaccinated, they should be vaccinated by their own GP
- Health and social care staff employed by nursing/residential homes or regulated domiciliary care providers are eligible and encouraged to have the flu vaccine
- All those aged 2-3 years (but not four years or older) on 31st August 2018 (i.e. date of birth on or after 1st September 2014 and on or before 31st August 2016)
All children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 would normally be vaccinated at school. Practices can vaccinate at risk children only and other children will need to attend their school.