Flu vaccinations are available every year on the NHS to help protect ADULTS and CHILDREN at risk of flu and its complications.
We are very pleased to confirm that we will be offering the NEW ‘Quad-Vaccine’ (covers 4 strains) for the 2017/18 flu season. Our recommendation is to visit us early to ensure you have an opportunity to receive ‘Quad-Vaccine’ We will contact as many eligible patients as possible via text messaging and emailing, but do please check our website or ask when you next visit or speak to the surgery.
Are you entitled to the flu vaccine on the NHS?
You are eligible to receive a free if you:
- are 65 years of age over
- are pregnant
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a’s allowance, or you are main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- have certain long term medical conditions including:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma(which requires anor tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past),
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease multiple sclerosis (MS)
- diabetes problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system the result of such as HIVAIDS, or medication as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
(please note this list is not exhaustive – ask your GP/Nurse if you are not sure)
Our clinics are taking place on
- Friday October 6th
- Friday October 20th
- Friday October 27th
- Friday November 3rd
- Friday November 10th
DROP-IN vaccination service
We can offer this service by SELECTED GP’s and our Clinical Pharmacist Prescriber. Just come in, and ask at reception if anyone is available and they can check for you. If one of our clinicians is available, you will be asked to wait for a short period of time, and will be called shortly to have your FLU vaccine on the day!
When attending for a face to face consultation with any clinician, just ask them about the vaccination and they can organise for it to be done – usually there and then.
The surgery purchases flu vaccines on your behalf so please have your vaccine with us. GP surgeries run like businesses and in order to survive, the flu vaccine programme helps generate income by meeting NHS England targets.
When we vaccinate you against flu we also obtain vital data that is necessary for your medical record and care. If you choose to go elsewhere for your vaccine such as a pharmacy or supermarket, we cannot gather this information, and they do not gather this for us, so please book in here. You have the opportunity to be vaccinated against shingles, or pneumonia if you are eligible. We can check if you are overdue a review for areas such as your blood pressure, medication, asthma, diabetes etc.
Have your flu vaccine in an environment that you know, with clinicians and staff you know and where we have your medical records immediately to hand.