Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation
Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?
Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk.
Who Is At Risk?
- If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
- If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
- If you have chronic heart disease
- If you have chronic renal disease
- If you are diabetic
- If you have a weak immune system
- If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
- If you have a chronic liver disease
- If you are a carer
- If you have a high BMI
- If you are considered 'High Risk' for Covid (a shielding patient)
- If you live with someone who is considered 'High Risk' for Covid
Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is 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.
Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?
Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Please phone the surgery to make an appointment if the above applies to you.
When Are The Flu Clinics This Year?
This year (2020) the Saturday Flu Clinics are on the following dates (all clinics are from 8:30am to 3:30pm):
- Saturday 3rd October - for patients aged 65+ ONLY
- Saturday 10th October - for patients aged 18-64 years At Risk ONLY
- Saturday 24th October - for patients aged 18+ (including those aged 65+) At Risk ONLY
- Saturday 31st October - for patients aged 18+ (including those aged 65+) At Risk ONLY
These will be by appointment only - we will not be holding drop in clinics at all - and they will all be held at Victoria House Surgery - no clinics will be held at Langford. Please do not turn up at these clinics without an appointment - you may be turned away.
All of our Saturday clinics are now full - if you require a flu jab please contact us on 01869 248585 and book an appointment with one of our nurses during the week.
Child flu vaccination clinics will be available during normal surgery working hours - no children will be vaccinated at our Saturday clinics. Remember, school children in school years Reception to Year 7 will be offered their flu vaccination at school.
As you are aware, everyone is taking extra precautions to ensure we are working safely during the Covid pandemic. We will be operating a one way system for our Saturday clinics, with social distancing and of course, ask everyone attending to wear a face mask. We also ask that you attend as close to your appointment time as you can, and to come alone if at all possible, to reduce the amount of people at the surgery.
If you are unable to attend one of our Saturday flu clinics, we will be holding further flu clinics during the week with our nurses. Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment.