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Seasonal Influenza Vaccination

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme: 2019-2020

Vaccine is now available in the Practice

for  eligible patients

aged 18 years and over



The seasonal flu vaccine will be offered to the eligible groups set out in the table below:


Eligible Groups

Further Detail

Pre-school children aged 2 – 5 years and all primary school children in

P1 - 7


All patients aged 65 years and over

“Sixty-five and over” is defined as those aged 65 years and over on 31 March 2020.


Chronic Respiratory Disease aged six months or older.

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 aged six months or older.

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

Chronic Kidney Disease aged six months or older.

Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, chronic kidney failure, nephritic syndrome, kidney transplantation.

Chronic Liver Disease aged six months or older.

Cirrhosis, biliary atresia, chronic hepatitis from any cause such as Hepatitis B and C infections and other non-infective causes.

Chronic Neurological Disease aged six months or older.

Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised, due to neurological disease  (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers).  Clinicians should offer immunisation, based on individual assessment, to clinically vulnerable individuals including those with cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, 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.

Diabetes aged six months or older.

Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes requiring insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs, diet controlled diabetes.

Immunosuppression aged 6 months or older.

Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment. 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, complement 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 flu and should be offered flu 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.  Consideration should also be given to the vaccination of  household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, i.e. individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days of the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.  This may include carers  (see below).

Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen

This also includes conditions such as homozygous sickle cell disease and coeliac syndrome that may lead to splenic dysfunction.

Pregnant Women

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


People in long-stay residential care or homes

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



Updaid Carers and young carers

Someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.  A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 carrying out significant caring tasks and assuming a level of responsibility for another person, which would normally be taken by an adult.


Health and Social Care Staff

Health and social care workers who are in direct contact with patients/service users should be vaccinated by their employers as part of an occupational health programme.

Morbid obesity (class III obesity) *

Adults with a Body Mass index greater than or equal to 40 Kg/m2



*Many of this patient group will already be eligible due to complications of obesity that place them in another risk category.

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