Current Flu Jab Information
Flu vaccines are available by appointment only to eligible patients (see below). Please do not come to the surgery without an appointment.
The Government and NHSE have now approved the offering of flu vaccinations to patients in the 50-64-year old age group range. We will be actively contacting patients by text message and other means during the coming weeks but please call us if you would like to book for a flu vaccination with our nursing team. Alternatively, your local Pharmacy will also be able to do this vaccination for you.
Please note that we still have a duty to ensure social distancing and robust infection control procedures so foot-flow through the practice will be closely monitored for the safety of patients and staff. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for your given appointment time to limit the numbers of patients in the building. Please come alone if you can or with one carer if needed.
Please be prepared to wait outside and bring a coat or umbrella depending on the weather. Wear a short sleeve top underneath any outer clothing so the clinician has easy access to your upper arm to administer the vaccine. Coats and outer layers should be removed before entering the clinical room. A face covering must be worn at all times within the practice. Please do not attend if you or a close contact have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had contact with a suspected/confirmed case.
The person giving you your vaccine will be wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). This will be a mask and possibly an apron, visor or goggles. They won’t be wearing gloves but will wash and sanitise their hands in between patients. This is based on current guidance for vaccination clinics. They will also have to wipe down any chair or surfaces that have been in contact with patients. If you are able to stand for your vaccine this will really help us, but a chair will be available.
If you are attending the surgery for another reason we may be able to give you your flu vaccine at the same time. If you are coming to see us please check if you can have your flu vaccine.
About the flu jab
Our flu clinics are a really efficient and convenient way of protecting yourself from the flu this winter. If eligible, you can get your annual flu jab at our surgery, quickly easily and for free under the NHS.
The flu vaccination is available to help protect adults and children at risk of flu.
Flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- Anyone aged 65 and over
- Pregnant women
- Children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- Children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
The injected flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS annually to:
- Adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
- Pregnant women
- Children aged six months to two years at risk of flu
- This year it is being offered to those aged 50 and over
If you fall in the categories above, you are entitled to a free flu jab. To get a vaccination please call reception to book an appointment with our nurse or HCA.