Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Flu Vaccination Information
Important update - Flu Clinic 18/09/2021
Unfortunately, due to the HGV driver shortage creating a supply issue, we have had to cancel all appointments booked for Saturday 18th September for the Flu Vaccine clinic.
We now have dates for the week commencing 20th September.
ALL over 65 year old patients will need to contact the surgery to reschedule their appointment.
Any patients under 65 booked in for 18th September - We now have appointments available for this patient group. please log in to your my health online account or call the surgery to check availability. PLEASE NOTE - patients are advised to check that they are eligible for the vaccine by checking the "at risk" details below. Any appointments booked by patients who are not at risk may have their appointment cancelled without notice.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to get clinics back to normal ASAP.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.
Flu Vaccine Appointments 2021
We are now in a position to starting offering this years seasonal flu vaccination.
Availablility will be updated regularly on this page.
Over 65 year old patients
Please call the surgery to book your appointment.
Under 65 year old patients
These appointments are available to book online. You will need to be register for "My Health Online" to be able to use this facility. Please click the link to Register and book your appointment.
PLEASE NOTE - appointments are currently for "at risk" patients only. Any appointments booked for patients who do not fall into the "at risk" group may have appointments cancelled without notice.
Under 65's - 28th September 2021.
Over 65's - 1st October 2021.
Should I get the Flu Vaccination?
For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
The flu vaccine is offered free to people who are at risk, to protect them from catching flu and developing serious complications.
This year the patients receiving a flu jab can be divided into 3 main groups.
- Over 65’s (Born on or before 30th March 1957)
- 50-64 year olds (Born between 1st April 1957 and 30th March 1972)
- Those aged between 18 and 50 in an at risk group including…
- Chronic respiratory disease such as asthma requiring regular inhaled steroids, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease
- Learning disability
- Immunosuppression due to disease such as HIV/AIDS or treatment such as cancer treatment (and household contacts of at risk individuals).
- Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
- Morbidly obese (class III obesity). This is defined as those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above, aged 16 or over
- Pregnant women
- Unpaid carers
- Anyone living in a care home or long-stay facility
Patients between 6 months and 18 in an at risk group will receive the Nasal Flu unless this is contraindicated in which case they will have the injection.
We will also be offering the nasal flu to all children aged two or three years on 31 August 2021 i.e. date of birth on or after 1 September 2017 and on or before 31 August 2019.
All children in primary school reception class and school years 1 to 6 (inclusive) and all children in secondary school years 7 to 11 (inclusive) will be vaccinated in school. Only those children who do not attend school or who are in an at risk group can be vaccinated in the Surgery or those who have missed the school vaccination through absence.
Care Home Workers/Social Care Staff
Care home workers and all other social care staff are eligible for the vaccination but this service is done by community pharmacy. Please contact your local pharmacy for further information.
If you care for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP about getting vaccinated against seasonal flu. You should also ensure that the person you care for has the flu jab.
It is recommended that all pregnant women should have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they're in.
This is because there is good evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu, particularly from the H1N1 strain.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine can be safely and effectively given during any trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine does not carry risks for either the mother or baby. In fact, studies have shown that mothers who have had the vaccine while pregnant pass some protection to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
Who should not have the flu vaccination?
You should not have the flu vaccine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a flu vaccine or one of its ingredients. This happens very rarely.
Is this year's vaccine safe?
Although no medical procedure is totally free of risk, flu vaccines are generally very safe. The most common reaction to the jab is a sore arm, or you may feel hot for a day or two after the vaccination.
This year’s flu jabs have been tested and approved for use across the UK and in Europe. The jab cannot give you flu because it doesn't contain any active viruses.
The Department of Health recommends that everyone who is eligible for a flu jab should have it as soon as the vaccine is available.
If you are in an at-risk group and do not have the jab, you will have a greater risk of developing serious complications or even dying if you get flu this winter.
If you haven't had the flu vaccine and you are in a risk group, make an appointment to get vaccinated.
Find out more about the flu vaccine, including how the vaccine is made and how it protects you.
Flu vaccine for children
A annual nasal spray flu vaccine is now offered to all children aged two, three and four years as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.
In certain geographic areas the spray will also be offered to children aged 2-18 with long-term health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and lung disease. Please contact the surgery for further information if required.
Children aged six months to 2 years with long-term health conditions aren't able to have the nasal spray and will get the injected flu vaccine instead.
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