Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation
You are eligible, and able to have the vaccine with us if you are:
- are 65 and over (including those who'll be 65 by 31 March 2021)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in a long-stay residential care
- receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- frontline health or social care workers
Advice for people aged 50 to 64:
- If you're aged 50 to 64 and have a health condition that means you're more at risk from flu, you should get your flu vaccine.
- Other 50- to 64-year-olds will be contacted about a flu vaccine later
More information on the at risk groups here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
If you are unsure if you're eligible, please call and ask reception.
The clinics are as follows:
Saturday 19th September - age 65+
Saturday 17th October - age 18+
Saturday 7th Novemebr - all ages
Please Note: This year there are also smaller clinics for those who are on the NHS shielded patient list and their household memebers.
Please make sure you book in to the right clinic as all these groups have different vaccines.
If appointments are booked when not eligible, or in to the wrong clinic, they will be cancelled.
If you are seeing the nurse or GP for a different reason, you will not be able to have the flu vaccination at the same time.
Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?
Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk.
Who Is At Risk?
- If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
- If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
- If you have chronic heart disease
- If you have chronic renal disease
- If you are diabetic
- If you have a weak immune system
- If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
- If you have a chronic liver disease
- If you are a carer
Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?
Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Please phone the surgery during September to make an appointment if the above applies to you.