Category: Medical Services

Flu season is fast approaching and, as with everything else, it will be a little different this year. It is also more important than ever. The flu vaccine will not protect you against Covid-19 but it will make sure that you are protected against having both at the same time. It will also reduce the potential demand on hospitals and other care services, particularly as the initial symptoms can be similar.

We are booking now for some groups. Everyone will need an appoinment this year so we can maintain social distancing and make sure that we deliver the vaccinations as safely as possible. When you have an appointment please ensure that you arrive on time so that we can manage the number of people in the building.

Patients Over 65 Years Old

Please call us to book an appointment. We will be holding our first clinic on Saturday 12th of September and further clinics through the week.

Patients with chronic health problems (under 65 years old)

We advise a flu vaccine if you are over 65 years old or have diabetes, heart disease, lung disease or problems with your liver or kidneys. Additionally people taking medicines that weaken their immune system, such as methotrexate, should also have a vaccination. There is a full list at NHS Choices. We will start these on Saturday 19th of September.

School age Children

For children there is a nasal spray available. All children from age two up until school age will be offered a vaccination at the surgery. Older primary age children and year 7 willhave a vaccination at school. No needles required! Older children with asthma, diabetes or other reason for being at risk will also be offered the vaccination. We don't yet know when these will arrive so please keep checking.

Patients age 50-64

If you don't have a long term condition the government has advised that you will be eligable for a flu vaccination. This will be later in the year and we are still waiting for full detail of the timing and other arrangements.