You are eligible for a free flu vaccination if you are: ·
- All children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020
- Children aged 2-4 can be vaccinated at the GP surgery ·
- School-aged children will be offered vaccination through school
- Those aged six months and over in clinical risk groups : Chronic respiratory disease-e.g. asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis · Chronic heart disease · Chronic kidney disease · Chronic liver disease · Chronic neurological disease · Diabetes · Immunosuppression · Problems with the spleen · People aged 16+ with BMI ³40
- People with learning disability
- Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (first, second or third trimesters)
- Those aged 65 years and over
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
- Household contacts of NHS Shielded Patient List or of immunocompromised individuals
- Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider or employed via Personal Health Budgets and or Direct Payments
- Those living in long-stay residential care homes or other long stay facilities
- Individuals between 50-64 years
If you think you may be eligible, please ask!
You can get a flu vaccination at our practice by: Requesting an appointment online or by telephone 0208 888 6662.
How our practice will keep you safe
We will maintain social distancing between patients. We will provide masks for patients and all clinicians will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment If you have any specific concerns, please contact the practice to discuss
Flu vaccination message for 50-60 years olds
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which are eligible for the flu vaccination, for example, you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Flu facts myth busting
The flu jab can’t give you the flu It’s impossible to get flu from having the flu jab because the vaccine doesn’t contain live viruses. A very small number of people experience side effects such as aching muscles, but this is simply their immune system responding to the vaccine. The flu vaccine is safe The risk of having a serious (anaphylactic) reaction to the seasonal flu vaccine is less than one in a million, much lower than the risk of getting seriously ill from actually catching flu. Anyone can get the flu One of the most common reasons people give for not getting vaccinated is: “I’ve never had flu before”. There’s no such thing as natural immunity to influenza, with new strains circulating this year, it’s best to get vaccinated. The vaccine is one of the safest in the world . The seasonal flu vaccine is given to millions of people in the UK each year. The specific strains of flu that are included may change from one year to the next, but vaccines are still thoroughly tested and are safe. The side effects of the vaccination are manageable The side effects of the seasonal flu vaccine are for the most part, mild or often non-existent. The most common side effect is soreness around the site of the injection and, occasionally, aching muscles. These symptoms are a lot less debilitating than having flu. Having the vaccination helps protect others Vaccination isn’t just about keeping yourself safe, it’s about protecting your family and friends. You can carry and pass the virus on to others without having any symptoms yourself so, even if you consider yourself healthy, you may be risking the lives of others. Pregnant women can be vaccinated Pregnant women can have the flu vaccination at any stage of their pregnancy. Having the vaccination when pregnant helps protect the baby from flu in the first few months of life. Healthy diets won’t prevent flu Eating well will not protect you from flu. A healthy diet may boost your immune system but the best way to protect yourself, your family and friends against flu is by getting vaccinated. Hand washing is very important, but it won’t stop flu Once flu has been passed on, clean hands won’t keep it at bay. Book your flu vaccination as soon as possible and encourage those around you to do the same.
Information for parents
- Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for young children causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment.
- For most children, the vaccine is a nasal spray in each nostril. This quick and painless procedure has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record.
- Children can be ‘super-spreaders’ of flu. Vaccinating children can also help reduce the spread of flu and protect other vulnerable relatives from the flu virus.
Information for pregnant women
- All pregnant women should have the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their babies. Getting flu can put you and your baby at risk of serious complications.
- By having the vaccine, pregnant women can pass some immunity to their baby that will protect them during the early months of their life.
- Pregnant women benefit from the flu vaccine because it will reduce the risk of serious complications, miscarriage and help to protect their baby, reducing the chance of the mother passing infection to her new baby.
Information for those with long term conditions
- Flu can affect anyone but if you have a long-term health condition the effects of flu can make your condition worse.
- Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.
Information for carers
- By having the vaccination, paid and unpaid carers will reduce their chances of getting flu and spreading it to people who they care for. They can continue to help those they look after.
More information is available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/
If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to one of our nurses or doctors.