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 flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

Eligibility for a flu vaccination
You are eligible to receive a free flu vaccination if you:

* are 65 years of age or over   
* are pregnant 
* have certain medical conditions (see the list 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 

Front-line 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.

List of medical conditions for eligibility
* Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Emphysema 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, Motor Neurone Disease or Multiple Sclerosis (MS);
* Diabetes;
* 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 Chemotherapy;
* Housebound patients;
* Adults (people over 16) who are seriously overweight with a BMI  of greater than 40

The following patients are eligible for a vaccination in school but not in general practice unless in a clinical at risk group:

Reception Year children (children aged 4-5 years) will be offered flu vaccination in reception class, rather than through general practice.

School Year 4 children (children aged 8-9 years) will also be offered the vaccination.

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.