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FLU 2019

Flu Vaccinations

The FREE Flu Vaccination will be available for all eligible patients.  

We will have all four of the recommended vaccines available:

(aTIV) for our patients aged 65 and over, (QIVe) for our “At risk patients”, (QIVc) for our patients with an egg allergy – New for 2019/20, (LAIV) for eligible children

Available Clinic Dates - Booking required

Clinics will be held on a regular basis at the Passey Place surgery 

Currently booking:-

From September 11th 2019

Saturday Flu Clinic Well Hall Surgery: 12th October 2019 

Patients eligible for the Pneumonia Vaccination can also have it at these clinics.

Booking is available online, in person or by phone.

PLEASE ONLY BOOK AN APPOINTMENT AFTER YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR TEXT OR LETTER TO ENSURE WE HAVE THE CORRECT VACCINE AVAILABLE

 People who should have a flu jab

Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people.

It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.

Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people are advised to have a flu jab each year.

For otherwise healthy people, flu can be very unpleasant. Most people will recover from flu within a week or two.

The flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you: 

    • are 65 years of age or over   

    • are pregnant 

    • have certain medical conditions 

    • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility 

    • receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 

    • Front-line health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine.

 65s and over and the flu jab

You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2019-20) if you are aged 65 and over on March 31 2020. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on or before March 31 2020, you do qualify.

Pregnant women and the flu jab

If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached.

That's because there's strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.

If you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:

    • it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy

    • it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birth weight because of the flu

    • it will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life

It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards.

Read more about the flu jab in pregnancy.

Flu jab for people with medical conditions

The flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:  

    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed 

    • being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)

If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP about this.

Flu vaccine for children

The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

    • children aged six months to 17 with long-term health conditions

    • children aged two and three on 31 August 2019 – that is, born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2017

    • all primary school children

Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between two and three will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.

Flu jab for health and social care workers

Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and, because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents are all at risk of infection.

If you're a front-line health and social care worker, you are eligible for an NHS flu jab to protect yourself, your colleagues and other members of the community.

Flu jab for carers

If you are the main carer for someone who is elderly or disabled who may be put at risk if you fall ill, and/or if you are in receipt of Carer’s allowance, speak to your GP about having a flu jab along with the person you care for.

Read more about the flu jab for carers on the Carers UK website.