'Just' the Flu? Who should have the flu vaccine and why?
Flu is a dangerous virus, that kills thousands every year. The flu vaccine is the best protection for you and those around you.
You should arrange an appointment for your free vaccination against flu if:
- You are aged 65 or over.
- Have a long-term health condition like diabetes, heart conditions or severe lung problems.
- If you live in a nursing or residential home
- If you're pregnant, flu can harm you and your baby.
- It spreads quickly among children. That's why we are inviting children age 2-3 years old to get theire vaccine.
Flu can easily spread to those around you who are vulnerable. If you live with someone on the NHS shielded patient list or are a carer, the flu vaccine is the best protection for them.
If you work in a care home or are a domiciliary care worker, you can also have a free vaccine to prevent spread of the virus to those who are vulnerable.
This is not a full list of those who are eligible for the free flu vaccine, ask the receptionist to see if you qualify.
Freshney Green Influenza Clinics
Booking your influenza vaccine
This year due to the COVID pandemic we have needed to do things differently, therefore we will be running joint Saturday clinics with the other practices within the building. To help keep you COVID safe these clinics will be for specific groups, at the moment the following clinics are available for booking:
Saturday 19th September - aged 65 and over
Saturday 26th September - aged 65 and over
Saturday 3rd October - aged 65 and over
Saturday 10th October - under 65 years at risk
Saturday 24th October - aged 65 and over
Saturday 31st October - under 65 years at risk
Saturday 7th November - aged 65 years and over
Saturday 21st November - under 65 years at risk
These clinics have been designed around our expected deliveries of vaccines - additional Saturdays may be added as required.
There will be appointments available within the working week and all under 18's vaccines will be booked during the week. If you are attending the practice for your health check then please ask if you can have your flu vaccination while attending the practice - we will try and accommodate you as much as possible.
When attending clinics please follow these simple instructions to ensure you, other patients and our practice team stay COVID safe:
- Arrive at your given appointment time.
- Wear loose clothing under your coat, preferably short sleeves (adults only)
- You will be required to wear a face mask if over the age of 11 years - this can be a mask, scarf or visor as long as your nose and mouth are covered.
- If you have a high temperature, new cough, loss of sense of smell or taste or have been asked to isolate please do not attend the appointment and follow the COVID or NHS 111 isolation advice you have been given.
Aged 50 - 64 and not in an at risk group?
The government has also recommended patients aged 50 - 64 may need a vaccination this year. These vaccinations will not take place until all at risk patients have received the option of attending for their vaccination - further details will be available for this group of patients towards the end of November/December.