Flu vaccines are now available to book by eligible patients
Please contact the surgery now to book your appointment if you are eligible
If you fall into one of the categories below, please contact the surgery reception to book your appointment.
You should have a FREE flu vaccine if you are:
- Age 65 or over
- Age 50 to 64. This age group has been recently added into the programme.
- 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
Or have a long tern 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.
Childhood Immunisation Survey for Parents/Carers
Parents are advised to immunise their children to protect them from vaccine preventable diseases. Unfortunately, in the UK and locally, we are starting to see a steady decline in childhood immunisation uptake. We would really like to gain an insight from parents/carers as to why fewer parents are accepting the offer of immunisations for their children. We would love to hear your opinion regarding potential barriers that are preventing access to immunisation services and any suggestions as to how we can improve the delivery of immunisation services in your area. Your views will help us to continually improve immunisation services in the community.
For more information on children and flu vaccination see the NHS Choices information at nhs.uk/child-flu
There are 3 types of flu vaccine:
- a live attenuated quadrivalent vaccine, given as a nasal spray. This is for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years in an eligible group
- a quadrivalent injected vaccine. This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65 who are at increased risk from flu because of a long term health condition and for children 6 months and above in an eligible group who cannot receive the live attenuated vaccine
- an adjuvanted injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over