|The best way to avoid flu is to be immunised against it every
year. There is also a safe and effective immunisation against
pneumonia, which usually only needs to be given once. Both
injections can be given at the same time, so why not ask your GP
surgery if you can have both the flu and pneumonia immunisations
this winter? These are currently recommended for people 65 years
Other people eligible for free immunisation are those considered to
be “at risk” from the complications of flu and pneumonia. This
includes children and adults with chronic respiratory problems such
as asthma, diabetes, chronic heart or kidney disease, or those with
weakened immune systems due to illness or treatment such as
steroids or chemotherapy. Anyone living in a nursing or residential
care home is also eligible for a free jab, as well as carers of
someone whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill and are unable
to care for them.
The campaign to get immunised against flu and pneumonia gets
underway each October and some surgeries hold special ‘immunisation
days’ to target as many patients as possible.
People should contact their GP surgery to arrange their
For more advice on flu or pneumonia contact NHS Direct on 0845
4647 or log on to the NHS Direct website.