WALK-IN FLU CLINICS
Over 75s and Under 65 at Risk – Saturday 29th September 2018 : 08:30 – 11:30
Please do NOT attend this clinic if you are between 65 and 75 years of age or under the age of 18.
Over 65s and Under 65 at Risk – Saturday 10th November 2018 : 08:30 – 11:30
Please do NOT attend this clinic if you are under the age of 18
BOOKABLE APPOINTMENTS (from 15th October 2018)
We will also be holding bookable appointments on Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings and Thursday mornings and at lunchtimes from Monday 15th October through to the end of November. These will be bookable in the surgery and online from Monday 8th October.
CHILD FLU VACCINATIONS
All children born between 01/09/14 and 31/08/16 who are eligible for a flu vaccination will receive text messages inviting them for a flu vaccination in October. Children in reception (years 1,2,3,4,5) aged 4 – 9 on 31/08/2018 will be vaccinated at school. All other children (at risk due to long term conditions) will be invited to attend the bookable appointments outlined above.
CHANGES TO THE FLU VACCINATION IN 2018
This year there will be several different types of flu vaccines offered in the UK in order to improve protection against infection for at risk groups.
Aged 18 to 64 years in eligible risk groups will be offered a quadrivalent flu vaccine.
Aged 65 or over (including anyone born before 31st March 1954) will be offered a trivalent flu vaccine which also contains an adjuvant. (FLUAD) Adjuvants are substances which help to strengthen and lengthen the immune response to the vaccine.
Under 18 years of age in eligible at risk groups will be offered a live intranasal quadrivalent flu vaccine.
These changes (and the fact that the trivalent flu vaccine for over 65s is only available from one manufacturer in the UK) means that supplies have been provided to all GP surgeries and pharmacies in three phases this year.
Consequently we are focussing on the over 75s and those under 65 with long term conditions at our first walk-in clinic. We will have received all our vaccines by 6th November and would like to reassure patients that everyone who wishes to be vaccinated will be in due course.
Some common questions about seasonal flu are answered below along with important information about Shingles and Pneumococcal vaccines
What is a seasonal flu vaccine?
This is an annual vaccination given between August (depending on supplies) and January to help protect against the influenza virus. There are lots of different types of flu but the seasonal vaccine will give you protection against the most common and most dangerous strains.
Am I entitled to a flu vaccination?
The following groups of patients are eligible to receive a free flu jab under the NHS:
- People over 65 years of age
- People over 6 months in the following clinical risk groups:
- Chronic respiratory disease including asthmatics who are on continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic renal disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease
- Women in any stage of pregnancy
- Residents of long-stay residential or care homes
- Those in receipt of carer's allowance
Unfortunately in order to protect our supplies for these at risk groups we are NOT able to offer flu jabs all patients even if you would like one - please see our section below on private flu jabs.
The flu vaccination is available to our staff, even if they do not fall into one of the above categories. This helps to ensure that we avoid prolonged periods of staff sickness and ensures that appointments are not lost. Unfortunately in order to protect our supplies for at risk patients we are NOT able to offer flu jabs to health workers employed at other organisations - your own organisation will have a mechanism for you to receive the immunisation.
What happens if I can't get to the practice for a flu jab?
We routinely visit residential homes to provide flu jabs. However, if you are housebound, please contact the surgery and we will try and arrange for a nurse to see you at home.
If I am not in an at risk group can I still receive a flu jab?
Yes, but you will need to pay for it. Under the terms of our contract to provide medical services we are unable to offer private flu jabs for our own patients. Flu jabs are available privately from a number of local pharmacies and supermarkets for between £10 and £15.
Shingles - Are you eligible for a vaccination?
Shingles is an infection of the nerve and skin aound it. It usually starts with tingling or burning in an area of skin, and is followed by the eruption of a painful rash, usually on one side of the body of face. It is caused by a reactivation of the chickenpox virus and normally lasts up to four weeks. Shingles affects about 1 in 4 people during their lifetime but as we get older we are more likely to develop Shingles due to changes and weakening of the immune system.
Please click here to see if you are eligible for a shingles vaccination.
Other age groups will be introduced in future years to ensure that all people aged 70 to 79 are offered vaccinations against shingles. People over the age of 80 are not part of the national programme because it is deemed to be less effective in that age group.
The pneumococcal vaccine (or 'pneumo jab' or pneumonia vaccine as it's also known) protects against pneumococcal infections. Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia (a kind of blood poisoning) and meningitis.
A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. However, certain groups are at higher risk of complications. These include:
- all children under the age of two
- adults aged 65 or over
- children and adults with certain long-term health conditions, such as a serious heart or kidney condition
As the over 65 age group coincides with the seasonal flu at risk age group, it is likely that you will be asked if you would like a pheumococcal vaccination as well. Please note you only need one pneumococcal vaccination once over the age of 65 so will not be asked every year. You can discover more avout pneumonia and the pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS Choices website.