Flu vaccine Information
In order to follow social distancing guidelines we are holding a range of clinics early mornings, evenings and weekends. This is by APPOINTMENT ONLY. If you are eligible please contact us on 01773 304773 (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm) and leave a message. A member of staff will call you back within 48 hours.
If you fall into one of the categories below, you will be eligible for a flu vaccine
Please wear a face covering when attending the Surgery and arrive at your appointment time.
You should have a FREE NHS flu vaccine if you are:
- Age 65 or over
- Living in a residential or Nursing Home
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a household contact of an immunocompromised person
- a frontline health or social care worker
- 50-64 years old
We hope to further extend the flu vaccine programme in November and December to include the 50-64 year old age group subject to vaccine supply and advice from NHS England. A number of providers such as Boots, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Lloyds pharmacies offer the vaccination privately and you can approach them, however, they too may be prioritising vaccinations for at risk groups.
Or have a long term condition such as:
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or asthma
- a kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- liver disease
- had a stroke or a transient attach (TIA)
- a neurological condition, eg multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, eg sickle cell disease or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
This list of conditions isn't definitive. It is always an issue of clinical judgement. Your GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.
If you have a child over 6 months of age who has one of the conditions listed above they should have a flu vaccination.
The children being offered the vaccine this year, are:
- all 2 and 3 years of age
- all children in reception class and school years 1,2,3,4,& 5
Children aged two and three years will be given the vaccination at their general practice usually by the practice nurse. Nearly all eligible children in reception year and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 throughout England will be offered the flu vaccine in school. For most children, the vaccine will be given as a spray in each nostril. This is a very quick and painless procedure.
For more information on children and flu vaccination see the NHS Choices information at nhs.uk/child-flu