Almost 3000 local patients are eligible to receive the vaccination, which is provided free of charge to all patients registered with the practice who are aged 65 or over and to patients with certain chronic diseases including:
- Chronic heart disease
- Some asthmatic patients
- Liver disease
- Central nervous system diseases
- Chronic renal disease
Other eligible patients include:
- Those with lowered immunity
- Those living in long-stay nursing or residential homes
We run dedicated Saturday flu clinics in October and November where patients can either make an appointment or just turn up. If you choose to turn up without an appointment, you will probably be seen more quickly if you don’t come first thing in the morning. In 2007 most people arrived at 0930hrs and had to wait a while to be seen. Those who turned up after 11.30 hrs were seen almost immediately. Our highly qualified team of nurses who run the clinics will be happy to offer advice and more information to any patients attending. Patients unable to make the special Saturday clinics should contact the surgery to make an alternative appointment with a nurse for their vaccination. It is recommended that flu vaccines should be administered by early November before cases start to mount. The vaccine takes 7-10 days to take effect. Patients should not attend for their vaccination if they are feeling unwell or have a temperature that day. The flu vaccination may help protect against flu over the winter months and help prevent more serious illnesses as a result of flu.
People aged under 65 and in general good health do not need a flu vaccination.