We will be running a flu vaccination clinic on Saturday 3rd of October for patients aged 65+ ONLY. **FULLY BOOKED**
A second clinic will take place on Saturday 10th of October for anyone aged 18+ who falls into one of the “at risk” categories (listed below) as well as patients aged 65+. **65+ APPOINTMENTS FULLY BOOKED BUT WE DO HAVE SOME 18-64 SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE**
WE ARE EXPECTING FURTHER DELIVERIES OF VACCINES FOR PATIENTS AGED 65+ ON 12th OCTOBER. PLEASE CALL AFTER THIS DATE TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT.
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.
Please could we take this opportunity to remind patients to ensure that we have your correct mobile telephone number so that we can invite you individually to clinics in future.
Flu Vaccination is FREE for anyone in the following “at risk” categories:
- all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
- people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2020)
- people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except if children in boarding school are of primary school age).
- those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and, therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.