Please see our 2018 Saturday FLU clinic dates here.
Flu vaccination by injection, commonly known as the ‘flu jab’ is available every year on the NHS to protect adults (and some children) at risk of flu and its complications.
Those patient groups eligible for a FREE vaccination include;
|Patients who are over 65 years|
|Patients who are morbidly obese (BMI of 40>)|
|Clinically at risk groups aged 6 months to less than 65 years. Such as patients with chronic Asthma, COPD, CHD, HF, CKD (stage 3, 4 or 5), chronic liver disease, Diabetes, neurological illness (stroke, MND, Parkinson’s) or have a learning disability.|
|Patients in nursing homes|
|Patients with a weakened immune system and any relatives who live with them.|
|Patients with splenic dysfunction.|
|Registered patients who are a main carer for someone (are in receipt of carers allowance or care for someone whose life may be at risk should the carer fall ill).|
|Registered patients who work as a Health Worker (you will be required to prove your eligibility).|
We run open walk in flu clinics every autumn where those eligible for a free flu jab may attend on a Saturday (commonly during September/October) to receive their jab. Adults receive the flu injection and youngsters under the age of 18 may have the nasal flu spray.
Currently the criteria for children who can have the nasal spray at the Health Centre is;
Children aged 2 or 3. Children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four, will be offered the vaccination in school hours given by the school nursing team.
The vaccine is given as a single spray squirted up each nostril. The nasal spray flu vaccine has few side effects – most commonly getting a runny nose after the vaccination and lasting for a few days.
The vaccine is not recommended for children who have;
- a weakened immune system
- severe egg allergy
- severe asthma – that is, those being treated with steroid tablets or high dose inhaled steroids
- an allergy to any of the vaccine ingredients such as neomycin.
Children unable to have the nasal spray vaccine may be able to have the injectable flu vaccine instead.
The district nursing team vaccinate patients who are recorded as housebound. The Health Centre will provide the district nurses with a list of patients and the vaccinations will be administered according to the district nurses schedule.
Some people with certain medical conditions will also be offered a single once only pneumococcal vaccination to help protect them further.