Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?

Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk

Who is at risk?

  • If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
  • If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
  • If you have chronic heart disease
  • If you have chronic renal disease
  • If you are diabetic
  • If you have a weak immune system
  • If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
  • If you have a chronic liver disease
  • If you are a carer



We have a pneumococcal immunisation programme for everybody aged 65 and over and those at risk between the ages of 2 and 65 years.

The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis.