- Saturday 14th September – Flu Clinic (Over 65 only)
- Monday 7th October – 500 vaccines delivered (Over 65)
- Wednesday 9th October – 280 vaccines delivered (Under 65)
- Saturday 12th October – Flu clinic
- Wednesday 23rd October – 240 vaccines delivered (Under 65)
- Wednesday 30th October – 400 vaccines delivered (Over 65)
- Saturday 2nd November – Flu clinic
- Wednesday 20th November – 280 vaccines delivered (Under 65)
- Saturday 24th November – Flu clinic
Children Flu Clinic
About this years flu
For 2019/20, there are 3 types of flu vaccines available. You’ll be offered 1 that’s most effective for you, depending on your age:
- Childen is aged between 6 months and 2 years and is in a high-risk group for flu, they’ll be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2.
- Children aged 2 to 17 in an eligible group are offered a live attenuated quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV), given as a nasal spray
- Adults aged 18 to 64 who are pregnant, at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition, or a frontline health or social care worker are offered a quadrivalent injected vaccine – the vaccine offered will have been grown either in eggs or cells (QIVe or QIVc), both of which are considered to be equally suitable
- adults aged 65 and over will be offered either an adjuvanted trivalent injected vaccine grown in eggs (aTIV) or a cell-grown quadrivalent injected vaccine (QIVc) – both vaccines are considered to be equally suitable
N.B: If you are housebound and have previously had your flu vacation by the district nurse, they will be contacting you again this year to arrange this. If you are newly or temporarily housebound, please contact the surgery to arrange this.
In 2019/20, flu vaccination will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to following groups:
You’re eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2019-20) if you’re aged 65 and over on 31 March 2020 – that is, you were born on or before 31 March 1955.
So if you’re currently 64 but will be 65 on 31 March 2020, you do qualify.
Under 65 with pre-existing medical conditions
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including;
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- 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 medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
If you’re pregnant, you’re advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you have reached.
That’s because there’s strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.
If you’re pregnant, you’ll benefit from the flu vaccine because:
- it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
- it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birth weight, because of flu
- it’ll help protect your baby, as they’ll continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life
It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards.
Talk to a GP, midwife or pharmacist if you want more information.
The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
- children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
- children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2019 (that is, born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2017)
- children in primary school
Children aged between 6 months and 2 years who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.
Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.
If you’re the main carer for someone who’s elderly or disabled, speak to a GP or pharmacist about having a flu vaccine along with the person you care for.
Read more about the flu vaccine for carers on the Carers UK website