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FLU Vaccinations 2020/21

Our vaccinations will be arriving after the 18th September and clinics will start the following week. We are not booking appointments until they arrive. Due to keeping everyone safe by social distancing the clinics will be very different this year and it will take us longer to get those aged 65 and above as well as patients in an at risk group vaccinated. Please come at the time specified and dress appropriately so that the clinicians have easy access to your arm.

Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier. 

Flu Clinics

The flu jab is the best protection against the virus each autumn.  Healthy people don’t need to be vaccinated; for most people flu is uncomfortable but not serious. 

flujabsYou can get a free flu jab if:

  • you are 65 or over;
  • you are living in an old people’s home or nursing home;
  • you have a long-term (chronic) condition such as a heart problem, asthma, kidney disease, diabetes;
  • you have a lowered immune system due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment;
  • you don’t have a spleen, or if your spleen doesn’t work properly.

If you have a serious allergy to hens’ eggs, you shouldn’t get vaccinated, and it’s not generally advised if you’re pregnant.

If in doubt about whether you should have this or not please ask a member of staff.


Pneumococcal Vaccination

There is a pneumo jab to protect against serious forms of pneumococcal infection. For most it's a one-off vaccination. If you would like more information, contact the surgery.  You can have this vaccination if you have not had it before and:
 

  • you are 65 or over;
  • you have chronic disease of the heart, lungs, liver or kidneys;
  • you have diabetes;
  • you don’t have a spleen, or if your spleen doesn’t work properly;
  • your immune system doesn’t work properly (due to HIV, chemotherapy etc);
  • you have a CSF shunt; or you have a cochlear implant; or
  • you are under 5 years old and have previously had pneumococcal meningitis / bacteraemia;

If in doubt about whether you should have this or not please ask a member of staff.

 
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