Firstly I am not medically qualified to say whether you should have the Flu Jab or not. If you are considering it, discuss with your GP first.
I decided to have it and approached my local Pharmacist in York to get it for free. I was told I couldn’t have one as it’s not listed as one of the illnesses that qualifies, therefore they wouldn’t be paid for it. I asked them where they checked about eligibility and they quoted NHS Choices.
Firstly, a quote from Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England:
“As you know, the risk of serious illness from flu and consequent hospitalisation and death is higher among those with underlying health conditions such as M.E.. We know that people with chronic neurological conditions are approximately 40 times more likely to die if they develop flu than individuals who have no other underlying health conditions.”
NHS CHOICES STATES:
FLU JAB FOR PEOPLE WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses:
• chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or bronchitis
• chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
• chronic kidney disease
• chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
• chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
• problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
• a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
Because it’s not listed by name, they won’t accept it. In my eyes, when it says ”such as” it means all neurological illnesses, but not in their view. I have written to NHS Choices through their on-line contact box to ask them to have it included, but I feel it may take more than one lone voice to make it happen. I will also discuss with my GP in due course, but if you feel up to it, would you like to go online and ask them to amend their list please ? Thank you.