Flu Clinics 2019
Our main Flu Clinic will be on Saturday 19th October 2019. Flu clinics will also be bookable on-line. Other clinics will be held at various times to offer a variety of choice - please enquire at Reception anytime onwards from week beginning 9th September.
Family – once Children’s vaccination is available we will hold clinics where children and parents who are eligible for the free flu vaccination can attend together.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – FLU CLINICS 2019
The NHS has made change to the flu vaccination programme this year. There will be 3 flu vaccines for the practice to administer to different age groups. Therefore we have had to arrange our clinics differently.
Over 65 (or will be 65 by 31st March 2020)
If you are age 65 and over then you will receive the “Fluad” vaccine. This is a new adjuvanted trivalent inactivated flu vaccine which has been shown to be more effective in the elderly at providing good protection against influenza.
We will be receiving supplies of this vaccine in 2 deliveries.
Under 65 and At Risk
You are eligible for a free flu vaccine if you are under 65 and in one of the following At Risk categories:-
- Chronic respiratory disease aged 6 months and over
- Asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).
- Children who have previously been admitted to hospital for lower respiratory tract disease.
- Chronic heart disease aged six months and over
- Chronic kidney disease aged six months and over
- Chronic liver disease aged 6 months and over
- Chronic neurological disease aged six months and over
- Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised due to neurological disease (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers).
- Patients with learning disabilities.
- Diabetes aged 6 months and over
- Immunosuppression aged 6 months and over
- Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen aged six months and over
- Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (first, second or third trimesters).
- Adults with a BMI > 40 kg/m2 (adults aged 16+).
- Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
If you are under 65 years and at risk, you will receive the quadrivalent vaccine. This contains two subtypes each of Influenza A and Influenza B virus types. This offers better protection for the types of influenza that affects younger patients.
Children’s Flu vaccine
The national team have advised us that there could be a delay to some batches of childhood nasal spray flu vaccine due to be delivered in November. Healthy children aged 2-3 years will be called and offered LAIV as the practice reveives stock.
Children in years 1-6 in primary school will recieve their flu vaccine at school. If they miss the school clinic, please check with your school or call the school nurse team to arrange an appointment on 01296 566063.