Flu Information

UPDATED 9th October 2019

How to get your Flu Vaccination

We will be holding one more local drop in Flu Clinic for those patients aged over 65 on:

Thursday 24th October 2019 – FOR OVER 65s ONLY

Huntley Village Hall – 12 Noon to 3.00 pm

PLEASE NOTE:  This clinic is for patients aged 65 years and over only.  This is because we will now only have the over 65s vaccine available on this date.  If you are not aged 65 or over please do not attend this clinic.

If at all possible, we would encourage all patients in this group to attend the Huntley Clinic to receive their vaccination, rather than waiting for an appointment at the Surgery.

Flu Vaccination Appointments at the Surgery

For those patients aged under 65 years of age, and those who are unable to attend the drop in clinic at Huntley, flu vaccination appointments here at the Surgery are now available to book either by calling Reception on 01594 542270, or by booking online.

The dates/times of the Surgery Flu Clinics are as follows:

Monday 4th November 2019 – 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Tuesday 12th November 2019 – 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Thursday 14th November 2019 – 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Monday 18th November 2019 – 8.30 am to 1.00 pm

Tuesday 26th November 2019 – 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

Thursday 28th November 2019 – 1.30 am to 6.00 pm

Please note, patients must have a pre-booked appointment, and appointments are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Please do not book a routine GP or Nurse appointment outside of the above times to receive your flu vaccination.

For children aged 2 and 3 years of age on the 31st August 2019

We will write to parents to advise when the vaccine will be available and the arrangements for having your child vaccinated.  All other child age groups should be offered the vaccine at School.

At the last update, we are not yet able to order the vaccines for this age group.

For Housebound Patients

We will be making separate arrangements for those patients who are unable to get to the Surgery to be vaccinated.

If you do not want to have a Flu Vaccination this year

If you do not wish to have a flu vaccination, please let us know so that we can note your record accordingly and then won’t need to contact you again about this.

General Flu Information

A flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.  Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.  But flu can be more severe in certain people, such as anyone aged over 65 or those with underlying health conditions.

Who should have the Flu Vaccine?

If you fall into one of the following groups you are eligible to receive an NHS flu vaccination from the Surgery:

  • Aged 65 years or over on the 31st March 2020
  • Live in a residential or nursing home
  • Are the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • Are a household contact of an immunocompromised person
  • Are a frontline health or social care worker
  • Are pregnant
  • Children aged two and three years of age on the 31st August 2019.  Children of other ages should be offered the vaccine at school – please visit www.nhs.uk/child-flu for further information
  • If you have a long term condition, such as:
    • a heart problem
    • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
    • a kidney disease
    • a lowered immunity to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
    • you are a newly diagnosed cancer patient
    • liver disease
    • have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
    • are diabetic
    • a neurological problem, eg, multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability
    • a problem with your spleen, eg, sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
    • are seriously overweight (with a BMI of 40 or above)

The list of conditions is not definitive.  If you do not come into any of the categories above and feel you should have a flu vaccination, your GP will be able to advise further.

Further information

If you need further information or have any questions about the flu arrangements for this year, please contact the Surgery and ask to speak to either Laura Weyman or 01594 545332 or Debbie Hope-Hill on 01594 545333 who will be happy to help.