Flu Clinics 2019
When are the clinics being held?
Our 2019 Adult Flu Clinics will be held on Saturdays as with previous years. This year we will be holding them on:
Saturday 28 September 2019 08.30am to 11.45am (over 65s or those turning 65 by 31 March 2020 only)
Saturday 02 November 2019 08.30am to 11.45am
Am I eligible?
The flu vaccination is offered to everyone in an 'at risk' group. These include:
- Over 65s (or those who will be 65 by 31 March 2020)
- Those with COPD/respiratory disease
- Those with heart disease/heart failure
- Those with chronic kidney disease
- Those with neurological diseases such as Parkinson's/Motor Neurone Disease
- Those with a learning disability
- Those with liver disease
- Those with diabetes
- Those with immune disorders such as HIV/splenectomy patients
- Those with cancer who are receiving treatment
- Those on medication that lowers immune system such as Methotrexate
- Pregnant women
- Those with a BMI over 40
Reception will check your eligibility when booking as some guidelines change from year to year which means that even if you were eligible in previous years, you may not be this year. These choices are out of our control unfortunately.
If you are a social care worker you may also be eligible for the flu vaccination. When booking you will need to provide proof of employment such as your ID badge, a letter from your employer or a recent pay slip.
How can I book?
Contact reception on 01362 852800, option 2, for queries on eligibility or to book an appointment. As mentioned above, if you are a social care worker then please come in to the desk with proof on employment at the time of booking.
We will be holding separate clinics for those patients who use a wheelchair or have poor mobility, please inform reception if you are one of these patients as our normal clinics will not be suitable for you to attend.
We do not yet have a date for these clinics but keep an eye on this page or our Facebook page for more information, alternatively you can enquire with reception but these clinics are not likely to be until we receive the under 65s jabs in Mid-Late October.
Reception can take your name if you phone and inform us that you will need to be seen in this clinic and we can contact you once we have a clinic date arranged.
Under 65s Vaccinations
Please be aware that we will not receive our delivery of flu vaccinations for the under 65s until Mid-October 2019 and that the delivery of these vaccines will be spread across October and November.
This is due to the World Health Organisation (WHO) delaying the selection of one of the flu strains to be included in this years vaccination by one month.
This has had an effect on the manufacturing of the vaccine and has resulted in the vaccine being delivered to surgeries and pharmacies a month later than originally expected.
Because of this, our first flu clinic will be for those who are 65 years or older, or who will turn 65 before 31 March 2020.
Children aged under 18 will receive the nasal vaccination unless this is contraindicated. Unfortunately as of September 2019 we have no news as to when we will be able to order these vaccines and so we are not able to add clinic dates yet.
Those born between 01.09.2015 and 31.08.2017 will be eligible for a vaccination at the surgery as well as children in an at risk group. If your child is aged 2 or 3 then you will receive a letter from Child Health.
We are unable to vaccinate children of school age (reception, year 1, year 2, year 3, year 4, year 5 and year 6) who are not in an at risk category at the surgery. This will be undertaken by the school and we are unable to make any exceptions.
Further information can be found on the NHS website on the links below: