We are currently running open access flu clinics on the following dates. If you have received an invite, we have purchased a flu vaccine for you so please come along to any of the clinics below and receive your FREE flu vaccine.
|Wednesday 19th September 2018||3pm – 6pm||Injectable vaccine only|
|Saturday 29th September 2018||9am – 12pm||Injectable vaccine only|
|Wednesday 17th October 2018||3pm – 6pm||Injectable vaccine and nasal flu vaccine|
|Saturday 3rd November 2018||9am – 12pm||Injectable vaccine and nasal flu vaccine|
Injectable flu vaccine
It is recommended that if you are 65 years of age or over, a carer, pregnant or due to your medical condition you should have a flu vaccination, as you may be more susceptible to flu and more likely to experience complications. The flu vaccination offers a high level of protection against flu and its complications and if you are pregnant, the vaccine keeps your baby safe too. It is strongly recommended you have the vaccine as early as possible.
This year the Practice is offering two different vaccinations for adults, based on the latest guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, who advise the NHS on which immunisations to provide.
We will be offering the Fluad® vaccination to all patients aged 65 (on or before 31st March 2019), as this has shown to be the most effective for this age group. For all patients who are not in this age group, and are eligible, we will be offering the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccination® which offers protection from the four main strains of flu.
Nasal flu vaccine
If your child was born between 01/09/2014 and 31/08/2016, they are eligible for a free nasal flu vaccination. Your child is also eligible for the nasal flu vaccination if they are aged 2-17 years and are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups. The vaccine is called Fluenz and is a live vaccine containing weakened forms of the main flu viruses that cause disease throughout the world. It is given as a nasal spray – half of the vaccine being gently sprayed up each nostril. Fluenz is not recommended for any child who has a severe allergy to an antibiotic called gentamicin, gelatin, eggs or egg proteins. It would also not be given to any child with severe diseases of their body’s defence (immune) system. If this is the case, please contact the practice so alternative vaccine options can be discussed.