All eligible patients can receive a free NHS flu vaccination. Depending on your age you will receive one of two vaccinations. Children will usually receive a nasal spray version to provide them with the vaccine. Most of the children's vaccinations will be undertaken in school
It is your choice if you wish to accept the flu vaccination offer. Evidence strongly supports the vaccinating of the groups identified in order to protect both the individual patient and the wider community from infection. If you do not want the vaccination, please inform the surgery in order that we can record this on your medical record. Please let us know if you change your mind.
The suppliers of the flu vaccination provide vaccines for the global population and they are supplied by a limited number of pharmaceutical companies. Orders are placed by your surgery almost 12 months in advance based on the expected number of patients taking up the offer of a vaccination. Once received we plan to begin administering the vaccines within 24 hours. We will be working later in the evenings and weekends to provide these as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The NHS and vaccination committee determine which vaccine is most effective and appropriate for the population it is aiming to provide protection for. In the UK all patients aged 65 years or above (including those patients who will be 65 by the 31st March 2021) will receive one particular vaccine, whilst those aged under 65 years will receive a slighlty different one. Your surgery will receive supplies of the vaccine for our over 65 years patients first, with our other vaccine approximately 7 - 10 days later
Some of our medical team will be undertaking vaccinations at home for our patients who are unable to be brought / attend the surgery. We are aware of most of our patients who may need this service and will be contacting them shortly to confirm when the vaccination will take place. If you or someone you care for thinks they may need a home vaccination, please let us know in order that we can organise this as necessary. Home visiting requires a lot more time to complete, so this service is only provided for those who cannot attend the surgery
We will be prioritising vaccinations for our housebound and residential home patients to help to reduce the risk of infections
The current guidance is that "shielding" will be ceased as from 1st August 2020. As a result, it is expected that patients who have been in this group will be able to attend the surgery for their vaccination as they remain at risk of complications from flu infection also. The surgery follows strict social distancing and infection control measures to help keep everyone safe.
However, if "shielding" is reintroduced in the winter (or before) we have contingency plans to enable us to provide the vaccinations to be given at home. We will advise further as more information is available
Yes, all pregnant ladies are eligible for and strongly advised to have the flu vaccination. You can receive the vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy. If you have not received your pertussis vaccine, you will also be able to have this if you are at least 16 weeks pregnant. We will be providing some clinics alongside our midwife sessions to administer flu vaccinations.
We plan to administer a large number of vaccinations as soon as possible to protect our patients. In order to do this and to continue to observe the social distancing and protective measures we will be working as follows:
Here is a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK, and the age at which you should ideally have them.
Between 12 and 13 months:
3 years and 4 months, or soon after:
Around 12-13 years:
Around 13-18 years:
65 and over:
For travel vaccination and general travel advice please see our travel advice webpage.
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