Our adult flu vaccinations arrived on 20th September and we encourage all eligible patients to book ASAP. Having the vaccination at the surgery gives the opportunity for the nurses to check your pulse and also give the pneumococcal and shingles vaccinations at the same time. We are giving the Quadrivalent Sanofi vaccination which we hope will provide better protection than the Trivalent vaccination which is often given by other vaccination centres.
Those aged over 65 (as at 31st March 2018) have been invited through a text to a mobile number or a voice call on a landline, which is an automatic service provided by Sanofi who provide the flu vaccination.
Those under 65 who are eligible because they have a clinical reason are also invited through the same texting or voice call service.
Since this is an automatic service, you may have booked your flu vac by the time you receive a text or call, so do not be concerned if this happens.
There are mini-clinics most days with the practice nurses, Saturday 30th September and Saturday 7th October and ongoing through October and November. Since immunity can take up to two weeks to develop, we encourage early vaccination.
If you are eligible and seeing a clinician, ask them to give you your flu vaccination. This includes appointments with our Health Care Assistant, Michelle.
Remember that that those who are family members of the immunocompromised or carers or pregnant are all eligible for a flu vac, so if you fall into these categories, or have not received an invitation and believe you are ‘at risk’ for some other reason, book for a vaccination and tell staff why you believe you are eligible.
Please note that anyone who is a professional Carer is not eligible for an NHS vaccination unless they also fall into the ‘at risk’ or age categories. Professional carers should be vaccinated through their employers.
The children's Fluenz nasal vaccination, which is given to eligible 2-17 year-olds will be available from October and the main clinics for those are in the half term week, from Monday 23rd October.
ALL 2 and 3 year olds (as at 31st August 2017) are eligible and have been invited by letter.
Any children and young people aged 4 to 17 who have a clinical reason have also been sent a letter. We can only give the flu vac to children of this age group who are 'at risk'.
This year, children in school reception and years 1 to 4 (aged 4 to 8 as at 31st August 2017) will be invited by their school to have the vaccination AT SCHOOL. This includes any who are home-schooled. It is the responsibility of the school to follow up with any who miss the designated flu clinic days at school.
Anyone over 17 years old and not eligible can pay for a private flu vaccination at Lloyds or at supermarkets.