We are currently running pre bookable flu clinics on various dates from September 2019. If you are eligible you can book these online or at reception.
The flu clinics are being held at various times of the day, including early morning and late evening as well as many during the day. We are also running a Saturday morning flu clinic. You will need to book an appointment for all flu clinics this year as we are not offering any open access clinics as we have done historically, based on feedback from our patients.
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 vaccine 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 again, 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 202) 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.
We also offer nasal flu vaccine to children aged 2-3 years and also aged 2-17 years if your child has a long term condition. These clinics will be running through October 2019 and will be available to book during September 2019.
PLEASE ONLY BOOK INTO ONE OF THE FLU CLINICS IF YOU KNOW YOU ARE ELIGIBLE. IF YOU ARE UNSURE PLEASE CONTACT RECEPTION.
Injectable flu vaccine (adults)
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.
Nasal flu vaccine (children)
If your child was born between 01/09/2015 and 31/08/2017, 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.