Although unpleasant, for most healthy people, flu is a self-limiting illness.
It’s that time of year for people in ‘at risk’ groups to get the vaccine for free as they are at much greater risk of becoming seriously unwell if they catch flu, and sadly many end up in hospital. This includes people with health conditions, even those that are well managed, such as asthma, diabetes, heart, lung, liver or renal diseases, those with weakened immune systems, as well as older people and pregnant women.
Flu Vaccination for Children - This year the annual nasal spray flu vaccine will be available for children aged two, three and four years old plus children in school years one and two as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.
Children with long-term health conditions are at extra risk from flu and it's especially important that they are vaccinated against flu each year.
As the nasal spray is more effective than the injected vaccine, children aged from two to 17 with long-term health conditions are now being offered the annual flu nasal spray instead of the injection.
Those children with long-term health conditions aged between six months and two years will continue to be offered the annual injectable flu vaccine.
Neither the nasal spray or the injectable flu vaccine are suitable for babies under the age of six months.
If your child falls within the above groups and you would like them to be vaccinated against Flu this year, please telephone to arrange an appointment with a Practice Nurse to discuss.
Patients Eligible for FREE Flu Vaccination
- People aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2016)
- Pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- People with a serious medical condition such as:
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- Heart Condition
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- A weakened immune system due to disease or treatment (such as steroids or cancer treatment )
- A problem with their spleen such as Sickle cell anaemia or who have had their spleen removed.
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities.
- Main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- Healthcare workers
If you are a front-line health and social care worker, you are eligible for an NHS flu jab to protect yourself, your colleagues and other members of the community. It is your employer's responsibility to arrange vaccination for you.
Saturday Morning sessions:
Please contact the surgery to book an appointment on one of Saturday mornings in September and October.
Parking - parking is restricted and can be a problem
The Car Park will be restricted at busy times therefore if at all possible walk, use public transport or car share. Please also consider local residents when parking on the street.
On the Day: An uncovered arm prior to vaccination helps to reduce delay - please wear short sleeves & take off outer garments whilst waiting.
Other Sources for Flu vaccine: If you are not in one of the “at Risk” categories and you still want to receive a flu vaccine you will find that major Superstores and pharmacies offer flu vaccinations for a modest fee.
If you choose to have a flu vaccination through any other source please let us know so that we can up-date your medical records with this information.