When are the clinics being held?
We hold our annual flu clinics towards the end of the year during 'flu season'. These tend to be around September-November time depending on when the vaccinations are made available to order into the practice. Keep an eye on our website and facebook page for announcement of the flu clinic bookings, we also display a poster out the front of the surgery and send text message invitations if we hold a mobile number on record for you.
Am I eligible?
The flu vaccination is offered to everyone in an 'at risk' group. These include:
- Over 65s
- 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 hold 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.
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.
Children aged under 18 will receive the nasal vaccination unless this is contraindicated.
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: