Dont let flu spoil your winter and book your flu vaccination now for the end of September. This year we are offering an enhanced vaccine that will cover you against more flu strains than previously.This may not be an available option elsewhere so be sure to book with us (if we are your registered GP). We are offering pre bookable appointments every day of the week from 26th September but will always try and fit you in anytime if you are passing!
Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition. Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia and are advised to have a flu jab each year. The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to those at risk to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications. You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
are 65 years of age or over
have certain medical conditions including asthma (requiring an inhaler or steroid treatment, or has led to hospital Admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis chronic heart disease, such as heart failure chronic kidney disease chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis, chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis (MS), diabetes, problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed, a weakened immune system as the result of HIV and AIDS or medication such as steroids or chemotherapy, being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main Carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
Flu vaccine for children - The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
- children over the age of six months with a long-term health condition
- children aged two and three on 31 August 2017 – that is, born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2015
- children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four (given at school)
Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between two and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.