Anyone who suffers from heart or lung problems or has certain other long term medical conditions, is 65 or over or is pregnant, should get the flu vaccine.
Conditions which can make the flu much more dangerous include:
- heart disease
- chest complaints or breathing difficulties, including brochitis, emphysema and asthma
- chronic kidney failure
- cystic fibrosis
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment - chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- HIV infection
- liver problems such as cirrhosis or hepatitis
- if you have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological problem e.g. multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
- a problem with, or removal of, your spleen e.g. sickle cell disease
If you are pregnant you are at greater risk of complications from the flu. Having the vaccine now could help you avoid catching the flu and also protect your baby. If you have children aged six months or over who suffer from any of the conditions above, they should be vaccinated too.
You should have the seasonal flu vaccination if you live in a residential or nursing home, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person. Unpaid carers of any age, including young carers, are also eligible for the vaccine.