Seasonal Flu

Date: Saturdays 21st and 28th September

Location: Lawrence House branch

Time: 9am-3pm

Patient groups: Patients aged 18 and over

Booking details: There is no need to book an appointment in advance just arrive on the day you wish to be seen. Generally our Saturday clinics run quickly with limited waiting, however we can’t guarantee there won’t be busy periods. Early morning tends to be the busiest time. If you have difficulty queueing we’d recommend you attend during the week instead.

Date: Saturdays 5th October

Location: Prospect Road branch

Time: 9am-2pm

Patient groups: Patients aged 18 and over

Booking details: Please ring your usual branch to book an appointment.  Shingles and pneumonia appointments are available for those eligible.

Date: Wednesday 11th September until the end of September

Location: Lawrence House and Prospect Road branches

Time: 9.30-3.30. Some days will be longer.

Patient groups: Patients aged 18 and over

Booking details: A nurse will have a full clinic available for patients on the day, we won’t be offering these appointments to book in advance.   If you are in the practice for another apt or to collect a prescription/letter please ask at reception and they can book you in to be seen straightaway.

 

If you prefer to have a booked apt and cannot attend on the 5th, please wait until October and ring your usual branch, they will advise what appointments are available. You can also have your vaccine during any other appointment with one or our nurses and most of our health care assistants. We will also have some available to book online.

 

We do not yet know when the nasal vaccines for under 18s will be delivered by NHS England. They usually arrive mid to late October. A clinic will be arranged once the vaccines are in stock.

Eligibility for flu vaccination

Aged 65 and over
You are eligible for the flu vaccine if you were born on or before 31st March 1955.

A weakened immune system and anyone living with you
– if you have had your spleen removed or suffer from a condition that affects it, ie. Sickle cell
– HIV and Aids
– on long term steroid tablets or other immunosuppressant medication
– undergoing chemotherapy – please check with your consultant as you may need to have your vaccine at a certain point in your treatment cycle.

Carers
If you are the main carer for someone please ensure we have this recorded on your notes.

Pregnant women
You can have the vaccine at any point during your pregnancy. As well as protecting you from flu, your baby will have some immunity for the first few months of their life.
You should also have your Pertussis vaccination after your 20 week scan.

 

Anyone living in a long-stay residential care home

 

Children aged 2-3 (born between 1.9.15 and 31.8.17)
Other healthy children will be vaccinated at school. Children aged 4-17 who have a chronic disease can receive vaccination at the practice instead of school.

At risk patients:

    • Diabetes
    • Chronic respiratory diseases which require an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment:
      – COPD
      – Asthma (if you have not needed any medication in the last year you will not be eligible for a vaccination)
      – Bronchitis
    • Chronic heart disease
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic neurological conditions, such as:
      – Parkinson’s disease
      – motor neurone disease
      – multiple sclerosis
      – learning disability
      – cerebral palsy
    • Seriously overweight (BMI 40 or above)

Shingles Vaccinations

  • You’re eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 to 75years and 6months, 78 and 79 years old .In addition anyone who was previously eligible (born on or after 2.9.1942) but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday.
  • Patients who have weakened immune systems, for example due to cancer treatment, may not be able to have the vaccine. This may also apply to anyone living with you. Please ask your consultant before making an appointment.
  • If you have recently had shingles you will need to wait for 1 year before you can have your vaccination.