If you are over 65 or have certain long term medical conditions (such as diabetes or heart disease) or are pregnant you can have a free NHS flu jab here at the surgery. Appointments are now available to book from 10th September onwards for patients 18 years and over who fulfil the criteria. If you are not sure if you may be entitled to a free flu jab please contact Reception.
For children up to 18 we do not as yet have the delivery dates for the nasal flu vaccination.
Please note, if we have an up to date mobile phone number for you and you are eligible, you will receive a text message from us over the next few weeks inviting you to make an appointment.
We are now offering some lunchtime 'drop in' sessions - no appointment needed. Please check on here or for posters in Reception for more information.
If you were born between -01/09/98 and 31/08/1999 and have recently receive a letter from us you should read the following Annexe:
Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). Both diseases are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early. The early symptoms of meningococcal disease are similar to those of flu, so you need to be able to recognise them very quickly (even if you have been vaccinated, the vaccines offered through the routine immunisation programme do not protect against all forms of the disease). A full description of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia can be found at www.meningitis.org and www.meningitisnow.org
Look out for any of these symptoms
- Fever, cold hands and feet
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Drowsiness, difficult to wake up
- Irritability and/or confusion
- Dislike of bright lights
- Severe headache or muscle pains
- Pale, blotchy skin with or without a rash
- Stiff neck
Is the vaccine safe?
The vaccine has been used for many years across the world and has a good safety record. Serious side effects from the vaccine are rare.
Does the vaccination hurt? What are the common side effects?
It’s like a sting. You may get soreness and some redness and swelling in your arm after the injection – you may also get a headache, but these symptoms should disappear after one or two days. If you feel unwell at any time after vaccination, you should contact your GP.
Do I have to receive it?
All vaccinations in the UK are voluntary but it’s recommended that everybody in this age group has the MenACWY vaccine to help protect themselves and others, such as young infants, who may be particularly susceptible to this disease.
Further information about the meningitis vaccination programme can be found at the NHS Choices website: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx
The NHS has put together information on Vaccinations and Vaccination Schedules
Click the links below to visit the NHS Choices website: