THE seasonal flu vaccine is now available at the Primary Care Centre Blood Clinic.
The vaccine is recommended for all persons aged 60 years or over and all persons aged between six months and 60 years who suffer from diseases that put them at high risk such as people suffering from a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis and emphysema and those with a heart, kidney or liver disease.
Also at risk and those with neurological conditions (multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy) and individuals who have been the victims of a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack or suffer from diabetes.
The flu vaccine is recommended for those with immune-suppressive conditions such as HIV and for individuals with lowered immunity due to disease or treatment, such as cancer treatment, a problem with the spleen (e.g. sickle cell disease) or individuals who have had their spleen removed;
Pregnant women are at risk and should receive the flu vaccine as should all front line health (doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists) or social care workers, such as Care Agency employees and main carers of an older or disabled person.
It is also recommended for individuals who are handlers of live animals and birds (GONHS staff, veterinary staff and bird handlers).
Individuals who have previously received the vaccine should collect their numbered tickets from 1:00pm to 3:30pm outside the blood clinic at the PCC.
The vaccines will be administered between 2pm and 4pm on weekdays. Individuals who have NOT previously received the vaccine should make an appointment with their GP to be referred to the vaccination clinic.