Flu Vaccines

We are now taking bookings for flu vaccinations for all those who are at increased risk or who have previously received the vaccine (including carers), or are 65 or over on January 1st 2021. Our clinics are now all on Saturdays to allow for social distancing: Please ring surgery to book.

The government has stated it hopes to vaccinate all those over 50 – but we have no further information about this scheme at the present moment. We will let you know as soon as we can book appointments for those aged 50-64 who have no other medical problem.

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • 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
  • Or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
    • Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
    • Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
    • Diabetes
    • Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
    • Being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
    • Eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2020– that is, children born between September 1 2016 and August 31 2018
    • Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2020. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice
    • Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings

To book an appointment please call reception on 01865 371666.

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