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NHS Flu Vaccinations 2019

Dated: 6-Sep-19

The Saturday walk-in Flu Clinics are back 08:00 - 10:30.

  • Birch Hill Medical Centre - 14/09/2019 - For all adult 'at risk' patients & 65 years and older.
  • Crowthorne Surgery - 12/10/2019 - For all adult 'at risk' patients & 65 years and older.
  • Great Hollands Health Centre - 19/10/2019 - For all adult 'at risk' patients, 65 years and older and all eligible children.
No appointment is necessary but you must be a Ringmead patient and in one of the eligible groups. Please complete the consent form before you see the clinician.

3rd September onwards – we have stock for the over 65 year olds at all three of our sites. You can ask for one the next time you are in the surgery. We will also be releasing appointments online when the clinics become available. 

Please this page on our website for regular updates on availability, children’s & additional evening clinics.


Patient Eligibility:

Patients eligible for NHS free Flu vaccines:  www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/ 

  • You're 65 or over by 31st March 2020, or if you are aged 18-64 and have any of the following problems:
  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which 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 
  • If you have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • Chronic kidney disease 
  • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis 
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, Learning Disability,  motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis (MS) 
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • 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 medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • Being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
  • If you are pregnant
  • You are a carer – paid or unpaid www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/flu-jabs 
  • You are a frontline health or social worker

This list of conditions isn't definitive. It's always an issue of clinical judgement.

Your GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.

The vaccine should always be offered in such cases, even if you are not technically in one of the risk groups above.
If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your surgery about this.

The surgery purchases flu vaccines on your behalf so please have your vaccine with us. GP surgeries run like businesses and in order to survive, the flu vaccine programme helps generate income by meeting NHS England targets. If that money goes elsewhere, surgeries struggle to survive and can no longer offer the service. When we vaccinate you against flu we can also obtain vital data that is necessary for your medical record and care. If you choose to go elsewhere for your vaccine such as a pharmacy or supermarket, we cannot gather this information, and they do not gather this for us, so please book in here.

We work fast and are practised in vaccinating you, informing you of updates required and gathering data so this does not take long. We will also advise you at the same time if you are eligible to be vaccinated against shingles, and/or pneumonia and can offer to do this at the same time.

And finally, we also check if you are overdue a review for areas such as your blood pressure, medication, asthma, diabetes etc.
If you are eligible for the free flu vaccine, please have your flu vaccine in an environment that you know, with clinicians and staff you know and where we have your FULL medical records immediately to hand.


Mythbusters:

  • We have not asked ANY pharmacy or supermarket to give you the flu vaccine on our behalf or gather vital medical updates. We do prefer to do this ourselves please.
  • You are NOT doing us a favour, or saving us time by having your flu vaccine somewhere else.
  • The pharmacies and supermarkets are NOT doing us a favour by giving you the vaccine. Quite the opposite.
  • Pharmacies and supermarkets do not have access to your FULL medical record/history or know you as well as we do.

Types of flu vaccine available:

There are several types of flu vaccine. You will be offered one that is most effective for you, depending upon your age:

  • 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 either 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
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years and is in a high-risk group for flu, they will be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2.

Talk to your GP, practice nurse, practice paramedic or practice pharmacist for more information about these vaccines.
Please take a look at this useful video from the BBC about how useful the Flu Vaccination really is - www.bbc.co.uk/news/flu


Flu Vaccine for children:

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 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 at GP Practice.

Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray. At risk children will have vaccinated at GP Surgery.

Please note this year all primary age school children will be vaccinated at school and not eligible to receive vaccine at GP surgery as we are not contracted to do unless they are at risk group. 

Patients up to the age of 18, who are eligible for the vaccine, will have nasal flu vaccine unless contraindicated. They will not be eligible for injection regardless if they had it previously.




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