Flu vaccine eligibility

June 23rd, 2021

People who are eligible for a funded flu vaccine

People 65 years of age or older

People under 65 years of age who have any of the following cardiovascular diseases

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

People under 65 years of age who have any of the following chronic respiratory diseases:

  • asthma, if on a regular preventative therapy, or
  • other chronic respiratory disease with impaired lung function;a

People under 65 years of age who have any of the following

  • have diabetes; or
  • have chronic renal disease; or
  • have any cancer, 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 recipient, or
    • neuromuscular or CNS disease/disorder,c or
    • haemoglobinopathy,d or
    • children on long-term aspirin, or
    • a cochlear implant, or
    • error of metabolism at risk of major metabolic decompensation, or
    • pre- or post-splenectomy, or
    • Down syndrome, or
  • pregnant women (any trimester); or

People under 65 years of age who have any of the following

a. Chronic respiratory diseases may include: chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, emphysema.
b. Autoimmune diseases may include: coeliac disease, Crohns disease, Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis:
    Immune suppression or immune deficiency includes diseases modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) or targeted biologic therapies.
c. Neuromuscular and CNS diseases/disorders include: celebral palsy, congenital myopathy, epilepsy, hydrocephaly, motor neurone disease,
    multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury.
d. Haemoglobinopathies including: sickle cell anaemia, thalassemia.