In light of the risk of flu and Covid-19 continuing to circulate this winter, it is absolutely essential that all vulnerable patients receive a flu vaccination at the earliest opportunity.
Your GP encourages you to receive your vaccination at the Surgery because we want to ensure that you receive the correct type of flu vaccination. This will also enable the clinicians to update your medical records at the time of vaccination. If you are also eligible to receive a shingles or pneumonia vaccination, this can be arranged at the same time for you.
We have pre-ordered flu vaccinations for our eligible patients as listed below. We have scheduled clinics inside and outside of our usual opening hours to accommodate our patients. This will ensure maximum protection within our community.
Flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:
- People aged 65 years or over
Those aged from six months to 64 years of age, in a clinical risk group as below:
- Chronic (long term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- Learning disability
- Splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- A weakened immune system due to disease (HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
- All pregnant women
- Household contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long stay care facilities
- Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
- Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home
***PLEASE NOTE*** Patients under the age of 65 who are not in an at-risk category will need to book an appointment at a local pharmacy.
Pre-bookable Clinic Dates
Clinics will commence on 27th September and are available to book on-line or through a self-book link which you will be sent or at Reception.
NB – if you have an appointment at the Practice to see a Clinician after 27th September, you may ask for your flu vaccination during this appointment.
What to expect upon arrival
We have put in place additional measures to keep patients safe in our flu clinics. We have carefully planned appointments to minimise waiting times and will be operating a strict one-way flow for patients whilst in the building.
Please arrive at your specified time slot. You will be directed to a consulting room, and we will have a number of clinicians on site at each clinic.
Children clinics will be advertised once the nasal vaccinations arrive. Children aged two and three years old on 31st August 2023 will be contacted and offered the vaccination in the Practice.
All school aged children will be offered the vaccination through a school immunisation service.