Flu vaccine clinic dates

UPDATE ON FLU VACCINATION CLINIC DATES

*** UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO NATIONAL VACCINE DELIVERY DELAYS, WE HAVE HAD TO RESCHEDULE OUR FLU CLINIC DATES ***

NEW FLU CLINIC DATES HAVE BEEN UPDATED, PLEASE SEE BELOW

About the flu vaccination

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It's offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications.

Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Flu vaccination is important because:

  • if you're at higher risk from coronavirus, you're also more at risk of problems from flu
  • if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
  • it'll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus

If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It'll be effective at helping to prevent flu.

Who can have the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is given to people who:

  • are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions (see below)
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Flu vaccine for people with long-term health conditions

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:

  • respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and bronchitis
  • diabetes 
  • heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure
  • being very overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
  • chronic kidney disease
  • liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
  • a learning disability
  • problems with your spleen, for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or taking medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

Who should not have the flu vaccine

Most adults can have the flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.

You may be at risk of an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine injection if you have an egg allergy. This is because some flu vaccines are made using eggs.

Ask a GP for a low-egg or egg-free vaccine.

If you're ill with a high temperature, it's best to wait until you're better before having the flu vaccine.

Flu vaccine side effects

Flu vaccines are very safe. All adult flu vaccines are given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm.

Most side effects are mild and only last for a day or so, such as:

  • slightly raised temperature
  • muscle aches
  • sore arm where the needle went in – this is more likely to happen with the vaccine for people aged 65 and over

Try these tips to help reduce the discomfort:

  • continue to move your arm regularly
  • take a painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – some people, including those who are pregnant, should not take ibuprofen unless a doctor recommends it

CLINIC DATES:

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ATTEND THE CLINIC DATE & TIME RELATING TO YOUR AGE GROUP, AS SHOWN BELOW

 

THANK YOU 

 

Ages 65 years and over

Walk-in clinics available for Ages 65 years and over:

 

Saturday 9th October 2021

13:00 - 16:00

 

Wednesday 13th October 2021

14:00 - 16:45

 

Saturday 16th October 2021

13:00 - 16:00

 

Saturday 6th November 2021

11:00 - 13:00

Under 65 years of age

Ages 50 - 64 are eligible for the flu vaccine

Ages 18 - 49 (eligible patients - see above info on who can have the vaccine) 

 Walk-in clinics available for under 65 years of age:

 

Saturday 9th October 2021

9:00 - 12:00

 

Saturday 16th October 2021

9:00 - 12:00

 

Saturday 6th November 2021

9:00 - 10:30

 

 

Please contact reception on 02380 282689 if you are unable to attend the above walk-in clinics, as we do have some limited evening pre-bookable appointments available.

 

Please note that if you are not eligible (see above info) we are unable to provide the flu vaccine privately. 

Further clinic dates to be announced at a later date