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The flu vaccine is available from October each year. If you think you need it, talk to your GP or practice nurse.

Flu vaccine for children

From 01.09.2013, a new annual nasal spray flu vaccine will be offered to all children aged two and three years as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

It will also be offered to children aged 2-17 with long-term health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and lung disease.

Children aged six months to 2 years with long-term health conditions aren't able to have the nasal spray and will get the injected flu vaccine instead.


The flu vaccine

A flu vaccine is available free on the NHS for:

pregnant women

children aged two and three

children aged 2-18 with a long-term health condition

adults aged 65 or older

people with a serious medical condition

healthcare workers or carers

people living in a residential or nursing home

Despite popular belief, the flu vaccine cannot give you flu as it doesn't contain the active virus needed to do this.

There will be some clinics in November,

All clinics are by appointment, please phone to arrange yours now, if you are eligible for one.


Pneumococcal vaccine

The pneumococcal vaccine (or 'pneumo jab' as it's also known) protects you against pneumococcal infections.

Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia (a kind of blood poisoning) and meningitis.

Read more about why the pneumococcal vaccination is needed.

Who should have the pneumo jab?

A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. However, some people need the pneumococcal vaccination because they are at higher risk of complications. These include:

adults aged 65 or over

children and adults with certain long-term health conditions, such as a serious heart or kidney condition


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