Flu Clinics

How to get the flu vaccination
For eligible patients aged 18 and over our clinicians will be available to administer your vaccination at clinics held in the surgery from September until December.   Please ring our reception team to book in to a clinic on a day and at a time convenient to you. 

Who should have the flu vaccination?
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You should have the flu vaccine if you: 

*are 65 years of age or over   
*are pregnant 
*have certain medical conditions (see below)
*are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility 
*receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 

Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It is your employer's responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.

Flu vaccine for children
The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

*children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
*children aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2018 – that is, born between September 1 2014 and August 31 2016
*children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Children aged between 6 months and 2 years of age who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.

Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.

65s and over and the flu vaccine

You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2018/19) if you are aged 65 and over on March 31 2019 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1954. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2019, you do qualify.

Flu vaccine 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, including: 
*chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) emphysema or bronchitis
*chronic heart disease
*chronic kidney disease
*chronic liver disease
*chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease or Multiple Sclerosis
*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
being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)

What if I don’t want the flu vaccination?
If you do not wish to receive the flu vaccination we would be grateful if you could let us know so that this may be detailed on your medical records. This will also prevent us from sending you any reminders.