Our next flu clinic will be on 30th September 2023 at the Salvation Army Hall between 9am and 1pm
We've put our first flu vaccination clinic on Saturday 30th September up on the system ready for patients to book themselves into.
Due to national rules we can't proactively invite patients (or decline those patients who don't want one) until 1st September, but if patients are wanting a vaccine there are a number of ways you can book in yourselves.
Alternatively come in, or give us a call after 2pm to request an appointment.
About Flu Vaccinations
Flu vaccination is important because:
- more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic
- if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
- getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses
If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.
Who can have the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:those aged 65 years and over
- those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (as defined by the Green Book, chapter 19 (Influenza))
- pregnant women
- all children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023
- primary school aged children (from Reception to Year 6)
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- carers in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- frontline workers in a social care setting without an employer led occupational health scheme including those working for a registered residential care or nursing home, registered domiciliary care providers, voluntary managed hospice providers and those that are employed by those who receive direct payments (personal budgets) or Personal Health budgets, such as Personal Assistants
The nasal spray flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
- children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023
- all primary school children (reception to year 6)
- all year 7 to year 11 children in secondary school
- children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years and has a long-term health condition that makes them at higher risk from flu, they'll be offered a flu vaccine injection instead of the nasal spray.
This is because the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2 years.
The nasal spray vaccine offers the best protection for children aged 2 to 17 years. They will be offered the flu vaccine injection if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable for them.
Children aged between 6 months and 3 years can have their flu vaccine with the GP.