Flu Vaccination

Flu Vaccination Update for 2018-19

Dear Patients, This year there is a different flu vaccination that is recommended for the over 65 age group. However, there is a supply issue with this vaccine and we don’t know when we will be able to get hold of them and how many we will be able to obtain. We therefore recommend any one over 65 to get this from a local pharmacy who has this vaccine in stock. You will not be charged. We would appreciate it if you could let us know when you receive the vaccination. We will of course keep you updated when we know more. 

For eligible patients under 65 who fall into one of the “at risk” groups (see below), we will be getting another vaccine, which will arrive at the end of October. Please contact the surgery nearer the time to arrange an appointment.

We will also be vaccinating 2 and 3 year olds against flu with the Fluenz Nasal Spray. Phone the surgery in October to arrange an appointment for your child. For children in other age groups, they will receive the vaccine from their schools. 

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.

We offer ‘at risk’ groups the flu vaccine at a certain time each year to protect you against the flu virus.

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

  • over 65 years of age
  • pregnant

or have:

  • a serious heart or chest complaint, including asthma
  • serious kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
  • if you have ever had a stroke
  • If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

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