Flu Vaccines - Limited Quantity

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED THAT WE SHOULD BE RECEIVING SMALL AMOUNTS OF FLU VACCINE REGULARLY. WE WILL UPDATE OUR WEBSITE BY THE HOUR TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF WHEN YOU CAN BOOK FLU VACCINE APPOINTMENT. PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO OUR ELIGIBLE PATIENTS.

AS YOU WILL BE AWARE WE ARE COMPLETELY DEPENDENT ON SUPPLIERS OF THE FLU VACCINE AND CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL BE SUPPLIED REGULARLY. WE UNDERSTAND THIS IS FRUSTRATING, ESPECIALLY NOW. WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN AND PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO ELIGIBLE PATIENTS

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR FREE SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION FOR 2020:

  • Pregnant women (any trimester)

  • People aged 65 years and older

  • People aged under 65 years with any of the medical conditions listed below

  • Children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness

  • People under 65 years of age who:

Have any of the following cardiovascular diseases:

  • ischaemic heart disease, or
  • congestive heart failure, or
  • rheumatic heart disease, or
  • congenital heart disease, or
  • cerebrovascular disease, 

Have any if the following chronic respiratory diseases:

  • asthma, if on a regular preventative therapy, or
  • other chronic respiratory disease with impaired lung function function
  • (a) or  have diabetes; or
  •  have chronic renal disease; or
  •  have any cancer, please refer to the vaccine precaution below#, excluding basal and squamous skin
  •   cancers if not invasive; or• have any of the following other conditions:
  •       autoimmune disease(b), or
  •       immune suppression or immune deficiency, or
  •       HIV, or transplant recipients, or
  • neuromuscular and CNS diseases/disorders(c), or
  • haemoglobinopathies(d), or
  • children on long term aspirin, or
  • a cochlear implant, or
  • error of metabolism at risk of major metabolic decompensation, or
  • pre and post splenectomy, or
  • Down syndrome, or
  • pregnant women (any trimester); or
  • children aged four years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of
  • significant respiratory illness

 

The following conditions are excluded from funding:

  • asthma not requiring regular preventative therapy
  • hypertension and/or dyslipidaemia without evidence of end-organ disease