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Flu Vaccine Clinics 2021

We would like to say a very big thank you to our Patient Participation Group (PPG), Helping Hands and Battle Muffins for making our flu clinics in September 2021 such a great success.

If you received an invitation for our flu clinics but were unable to attend, please contact our reception team to book an appointment.

We are continuing to prioritise patients who are aged 65 years and over; and those at risk if they get the flu.

If we have a surplus of vaccines after doing these groups, we will invite those aged 50 years and over. If you would prefer to get your flu vaccine sooner, you can visit a pharmacy who are also able to offer free vaccines to eligible groups.

Children’s Clinics

The following groups of children are eligible for the nasal spray flu vaccine:

  • children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2021 – born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019
  • 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

Children in primary school and secondary school will be immunised by the School Nursing Team at school.

Children aged 2 or 3 years and those aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions will be immunised by us at the surgery. For practical and safety reasons, we will be running separate flu clinics for children. Those patients/families will be contacted directly once the nasal spray flu vaccines are made available to the surgery.

For further information on the children’s nasal spray flu vaccine, visit nhs uk: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/

Who is eligible for the flu vaccine?

 This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to patients who:

  • are 65 and over (including those who’ll be 65 by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions which means they are more ‘at risk’ if they get the flu
  • are pregnant
  • are in 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 is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Patients aged 50 to 64 years are also eligible this year but will only be invited once the above groups have received their vaccine. They are able to get their flu vaccine at a pharmacy if they prefer not to wait.

More guidance on flu vaccination

For more guidance on the flu vaccination, visit nhs.uk:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/