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"Sixty-five and over" is defined as those 65 and over on 31 March 2013 (i.e. born on or before 31 March 1949).
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.
Congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac
complications, chronic heart failure, individuals requiring regular medication and/or follow-up for ischaemic heart disease.
Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, chronic kidney failure,
nephrotic syndrome, kidney transplantation.
Cirrhosis, biliary artesia, chronic hepatitis.
Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which
respiratory function may be compromised, due to neurological disease (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers).
Clinicians should consider on an individual basis the clinical needs of patients including individuals with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and related or similar conditions; or hereditary and degenerative disease of the nervous system or muscles; or severe neurological disability.
Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes requiring insulin or oral
hypoglycaemic drugs, diet controlled diabetes.
Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment. Patients
undergoing chemotherapy leading to immunosuppression. Asplenia or splenic dysfunction, HIV infection at all stages. 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 immuno-suppression 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 over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable. This may include carers (see below).
Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (first, second or third trimesters).
People living in long-stay residential care
homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, or university halls of residence.
Professional health and social care workers who are in direct contact with patients/clients should be vaccinated by their employer as part of an occupational health programme.
Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer, or the carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
(Please note – this category refers to individual carers entitled to a free flu vaccine on the NHS, not professional health and social care workers who should be vaccinated by their employer as part of their occupational health programme.
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