Immunisation: Preventable illness and disease
Preventing illness by means of vaccine immunisation is vitally important for everyone. It helps maintain your health, and the health of everyone around you. It is also important to maintain children’s and any young persons’ vaccinations.
All individuals with the following long term health conditions require additional immunisation to help ensure preventable illness does make their condition worse, or add complications:
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Respiratory conditions
- Kidney or liver disease
- Those who have a BMI over 40
People who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment, including patients undergoing chemotherapy, those who have asplenia or splenic dysfunction, and those in the groups highlighted above, should also ensure they have been protected against Pneumonia and have received the appropriate immunisation. People between 70 and 80 years of age should also have a Shingles Vaccine.
Having the seasonal flu vaccination will be especially important this year with Covid -19 also in circulation. The flu vaccine is one of the best ways to protect against flu, and will help protect vulnerable members of your community, family and colleagues.
Learn more about the flu vaccine and how to get it across the Cardiff and Vale area by visiting this web page on the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board website.
Having the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Public Health Wales webpage.
For local information on our Mass Vaccination Program across the Cardiff and Vale area, please visit our webpage by following this link.
If you are unsure, or have questions about immunisation and vaccination please contact your GP or Health Care Professional such as District Nurse, Practice Nurse, Health Visitor.
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Young and adult carers
It is important for young and adult carers to ensure they are appropriately immunised in order to protect themselves and those they care for. The seasonal flu vaccine is available free of charge to all those who undertake a caring role. Immunisation can be obtained from your GP or pharmacies that participate in the NHS scheme.
Young carers should check with their GP to ensure their immunisations, especially MMR and MenACWY, are up to date.