Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinic
The flu vaccination is available every year free on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications. You should have the flu vaccine if you:
- are 65 years old or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions (More info here: Who should have the flu jab?)
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- someone who's at high risk of COVID-19 on the NHS shielded patient list
There will be different vaccines depending on age, the vaccine for patients over the age of 65 years will be in surgery on 18th September and we will be holding a clinic on Saturday 19th & 26th September as well as some through the week.
Children aged 2 & 3 years nasal vaccine should be delivered on 3rd September and there will be clinics on 7th & 10th September as well as Saturday 19th September.
Vaccines for patients in an "AT Risk Group" aged 64 and under will be delivered from 2nd October 2020 and we will be holding further clinics through the week and also Saturday 3rd & 17th October. If you have your flu vaccination elsewhere please inform the surgery so this can be added to your medical record.
50-64 years old
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
If you are coming to see the doctor or nurse for any other reason you can have your flu vaccine at the same time rather than coming to the clinic.
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week. The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.
Studies have shown that the best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts. The vaccine provides the best protection available against a virus that can cause severe illness, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
Will the flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?
The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19 BUT it will help protect you against flu. Helping to protect against flu is particularly important with COVID-19 in circulation because people vulnerable to COVID-19 are also at risk of complications from flu, which can lead to hospital admissions.
Have a look at this leaflet to know who should have the flu vaccine and why (Winter 2020/2021):
Who Should Have a Flu Vaccination