We would like to apologise to everyone who was inconvenienced by or distressed by our recent flu days. There has been a national problem with supply of flu jabs this year. In previous years we have had all of our flu jabs delivered by mid-October and our flu clinics have always run very efficiently. This year however, a late decision at the Department of Health meant that the vaccination programme was changed, with different vaccinations for those who are under 65. This has meant that despite ordering our usual number of vaccines at the usual time, the manufacturer has only been able to supply the over 65’s vaccine in 3 phased deliveries in September, October and November. This has been the case nationally, as you may have heard on the news, and has been completely out of our control.
We understand that this has been very difficult for patients and their families, and we are very sorry about this.
We hope that our third flu afternoon on Wednesday 21st November from 3pm -6pm will run more smoothly as we have been promised a full quota of vaccines by then.
Coming 1st February 2019 - Changes to travel appointments.
New questionnaire to be handed in 7 weeks before travel.
Click on Clinics and Services/travel vaccinations for further information.
Our 2018-19 Flu Campaign is coming to a close. However, if you are in a Department of Health Target Group (see below), and would like a vaccine, please contact the surgery. Please note that pregnant women will be advised and encouraged to have a flu vaccine until at least 31st March 2019."
There are 2 types of flu vaccine for adults – One for over 65’s and one for 18-64. This is because different types of vaccines work best in different age groups. It is important to have the correct vaccine for your age group. The supply of vaccine for over 65’s is being phased over several deliveries in September, October and November, hence the “flu day” dates. Please come to whichever one is convenient, no appointment needed, just drop in.
The nasal spray flu vaccine remains the vaccine of choice for the majority of children (under18).
All over 65’s (65 by 31/3/19)
All children aged 2 and 3 (born 1/9/14 – 31/8/16) (some older children will be offered the flu vaccine at school)
Patients with any of the following conditions;
Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic Heart Disease (including heart attack and angina)
Chronic Respiratory Disease (including COPD, emphysema, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and asthmatics on preventative inhalers)
Chronic Liver Disease
Immunosuppression (due to drugs or disease)
Chronic Neurological Disease (including MS, Huntingdon’s disease and Motor Neurone disease)
Stroke or TIA (mini stroke)
Morbid Obesity (BMI of 40 or more)
No Spleen/dysfunction of spleen
For further details please see 'Clinics & Services' and also click on Vaccination Schedule from the list in the right hand pane.