Flu vaccine Information
We are due to receive the flu vaccinations for under 65's from the 6th October and over 65's from the 20th October. Please contact the surgery after these dates to book your appointment.
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier. Please do not contact the surgery.
In order to maintain social distancing, flu vaccinations are strictly by appointment only this year.
Please ensure you wear a face covering when attending the surgery.
Wear loose clothing to aid access to the arm.
Where possible do not bring your car to the surgery and attend your appointment at the allocated time slot.
There will be a one way system in and out the building and ask you to maintain 2 metre social distancing.
You may be asked to queue for a short period of time before entering the building.
Where possible attend the appointment alone.
Ensure you are well on the day, if you have any signs of symptoms of COVID-19 please do not attend your appointment and rebook when well.
The reception staff will not be able to book any future appointments or access prescriptions on the day.
Please respect and help us through what are strange and challenging times.
If you fall into one of the categories below, please contact the surgery reception to book your appointment.
You should have a FREE NHS flu vaccine if you are:
- Age 65 or over
- Living in a residential or Nursing Home
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a household contact of an immunocompromised person
- a frontline health or social care worker
Or have a long term condition such as:
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or asthma
- a kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- liver disease
- had a stroke or a transient attach (TIA)
- a neurological condition, eg multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, eg sickle cell disease or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
This list of conditions isn't definitive. It is always an issue of clinical judgement. Your GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.
If you have a child over 6 months of age who has one of the conditions listed above they should have a flu vaccination.
The children being offered the vaccine this year, are:
- all 2 and 3 years of age
- all children in reception class and school years 1,2,3,4,& 5
Children aged two and three years will be given the vaccination at their general practice usually by the practice nurse. Nearly all eligible children in reception year and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 throughout England will be offered the flu vaccine in school. For most children, the vaccine will be given as a spray in each nostril. This is a very quick and painless procedure.
For more information on children and flu vaccination see the NHS Choices information at nhs.uk/child-flu