The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to the following groups:
See below for the full list of the health conditions (At Risk) eligible for the free flu vaccination on the NHS this year (2021/2022);
At Risk Categories: Patients aged from 6 months to less than 50 years of age with a serious medical condition such as:
Talk to your doctor if you have a long-term condition that is not in one of these groups. We will offer you the flu vaccine if they think you're at risk of serious problems if you get flu.
We will NOT be sending out letters to patients to help minimise waste and the impact on our environment; it also helps to reduce administration at the practice. You may receive a personalised text message on your mobile phone promoting the clinic.
If your contact details have changed in the last year please update us so that you can take advantage of this service.
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old 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 the age of two. Some children over the age of two who are in a high-risk group will also need to have an injected vaccine if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable for them.
NB Appointments will be released regularly, do keep checking
If you are eligible:
The preferred option is using Online Access (e.g. NHS App or Patient Access) –
If you have signed up to this service please book online - please note the appointment time is not exact as we are trying to limit the numbers of people arriving at one time. Please complete the reason for your eligibility when making your booking. We will be contacting patients that have booked in error.
Please telephone Reception any week day from 1st September onwards to book your flu vaccination on 01344 20 80 60 – please try after 12pm when the phone lines are quieter.
In order to maintain a covid safe environment for our clinics, we are asking patients to book in advance so we can manage the flow through the building.
Face coverings are essential to protect our staff and our patients.
In July 2021 Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May said: “Face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment.
“And it is important for the public to continue to play their part when visiting NHS and care settings to help protect our staff and patients, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to infections.
If you already know that you don’t want a flu vaccine at all please tell us. You can send an email to decline if that’s easier so that your vaccine can be offered to someone else who needs it: This year more than ever, this is very important as vaccines supplies are expected to be in extremely high demand. Email: email@example.com
If you change your mind later in the year, you are welcome to ask for the vaccine, but we cannot guarantee to still have supplies.
Yes, but only if you have an appointment and time allows on the day. If an eligible patient is already coming in for a face to face appointment with a clinician a flu vaccine can potentially be given if time allows on the day.
Please see this website for the most up to date information regarding side effects: www.nhs.uk/flu-vaccine-side-effects
The surgery purchases flu vaccines on your behalf so please have your vaccine with us. Every year NHS England sets public health targets for flu vaccinations for at risk groups and each year Ringmead Medical Practice commits itself to the health and well-being of every one of our patients. Part of this commitment is that your practice pays upfront to ensure all of our at risk patients has a vaccination available to them at the practice; which involves a financial risk to us as we are only reimbursed for the cost of vaccinations actually administered.
Whilst we will always remain advocates for you and your autonomy is paramount to us, we ask that you consider supporting your practice and the investment we’ve made in your health & wellbeing when considering who you chose to receive your vaccination at the practice. Please support us to continue supporting you!
When we vaccinate you against flu we 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 at the Surgery.
We work fast and are practised in vaccinating you, informing you of updates required and gathering data so this does not take long. This saves all of us a lot of additional work and crucially, also saves on valuable appointments.
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 book your vaccine with the surgery and help us gather your data and ensure your health is up to date all in one appointment.
Further updates will follow. Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages.
For more information on flu, please click here. Or see this government booklet – use new link www.gov.uk/the-flu-vaccination-who-should-have-it-and-why