Flu is an unpleasant disease that spreads quickly and easily through coughing and sneezing. Flu can also give you headaches, a sore throat, fever, chills, and muscle and joint aches. Those people who are at risk, either because of their age or medical conditions, may develop complications such as chest infections and pneumonia.
The flu vaccination season is mid September to March each year. It is recommended that you are vaccinated early in the season to ensure that you are protected before you are likely to be exposed to the virus.
Flu vaccination appointments for 2019/20 are now available to book, online or at reception. There are different vaccines for children, adults aged 18-64, and adults aged 65+. When booking online, please ensure that you book an appointment for your age group to ensure that you receive the correct vaccine. Thank you.
Please click here to book online.
In 2019/20 the following patients were entitled to a free flu vaccination under the Government scheme:
- adults aged 65+ on 31st March 2020 (date of birth on or before 31st March 1955)
- children aged 2-3 on 31st Aug 2019 (date of birth between 1st Sep 2015 and 31st Aug 2017)
- pregnant women
- people living in long-stay residential care homes
- those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer of an older or disabled person
- care workers
- those living with people who have a weakened immune system
- people aged from 6 months to 65 years with one of these medical conditions:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, COPD or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- learning disability
- splenic dysfunction
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- BMI 40+
In addition children at Primary school are entitled to the free vaccine at school. If your child missed their vaccination at school, then please contact the School Nurses on 01483 728201 x 327 to arrange to attend a catch up clinic.
Please click here for more information about the vaccination.
Adults who are not entitled to the free vaccination can purchase the flu vaccination at a local chemist.
NHS Leaflet: Protecting your Child Against Flu
NHS Leaflet: The Flu Vaccination - Who Should Have it and Why
NHS Leaflet: All about Flu and How to Stop Getting It (For those with Learning Disabilities)