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Flu Season 2018-19


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This information is to advise you of the clinical recommendations around the most effective flu vaccine for patients for the 2018/19 NHS flu vaccination programme.

There are different flu vaccinations depending on your age :

Aged 65 and over to receive the adjuvant trivalent flu vaccine (atTIV) aged 65 and over on the 31st March 2019.


Aged 18 to under 65 and 6 month to 2 years to receive quadravalent vaccine  (QIV)


Aged 2 years to under 18 to receive the Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) (Nasal Spray)


This decision was made on the basis of strong clinical evidence that this is the most effective ways of vaccinating our eligible patients, for further information please read The Flu vaccination - Public health England (click on the text to open).


To manage both QIV and aTIV vaccine supply across the UK, there are planned deliveries to UK GP practices in three phases. The practice will schedule appointments aligned with the deliveries. It is important to vaccinate promptly but also not too early to ensure you are protected.


As there are two different vaccines for adults and two distinct age groups this year, we are intending to immunise our patients in groups to ensure clinical safety and efficiency.


Children at risk aged 6 months to under 18 years of age will be offered appointments at the Surgery in late October.


Primary school children not in an at risk category  in reception class and school years 1,2,3,4,5 (born between 01.09.2008 and 31.08.2014) will be vaccinated by the school nurses and not the surgery.







Flu Vaccination Appointments

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, then please book an appointment. 


Appointments may be booked online or at our reception.  you can telephone on our usual number but please do not phone between 8 and 10am as this is a very busy period and we try to deal with the urgent calls in this time.


You are eligible for the free flu vaccination if you are:

  • aged 65 years and over
  • aged six months to under 65 in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • Children aged 4 years who are generally in reception year of school will now be vaccinated under the Schools programme
  • the schools programme is to be expanded to again include all children in school year 4
  • all two and three year olds to be vaccinated. The dates of birth of children in this cohort are 1st September 2014 to the 31st August 2016 inclusive
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers

all the information you need is here by clicking on this link  http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx


Flu nasal spray vaccination

The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS as an annual nasal spray to:

  • healthy children aged two, three and four years old plus children in school years one and two. 
  • children aged two to 18 years at a particular risk of flu

Read more about the flu nasal spray for children.



We are now taking bookings for the 2017 flu vaccinations.  Clinics will be delivered by either an HCA, nurse or a GP but you will not be allocated to a specific clinician.  You will not be able to discuss any other ailments with the GP at this flu clinic, it is specifically to administer the flu vaccine.  However, if the clinician identifies that you need a blood pressure check, you may be directed to book an appointment to come back.



Adult Clinics

More clinic dates to be published - appointments are now during usual clinic times





29 September 2018



aged 65 or over only clinic




6 October 2018


under 65 clinically "at risk"





13 October 2018


aged 65 or over only clinic



20 October 2018


under 65 clinically "at risk"





27 October 2018



aged 65 or over only clinic









Children's Clinics

More to follow - appointments are now during usual clinic times



Regular appointments available during daytime clinics with the nurses 











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There are many myths surrounding flu and the flu vaccine. Here are 10 common flu myths and the truth behind them.


The flu vaccine is available on the NHS for adults and children who are considered "at risk". 


The injected flu vaccine (or flu jab) is available for anyone aged 65 and over, mums-to-be at any stage of pregnancy, people who are very overweight and people with a long-term health condition.


The nasal spray flu vaccine is recommended for all two, three and four-year-olds and children in school years one and two plus children aged from 2 to 18 with a long-term health condition.


Find out which adults should have the flu vaccine and which children can have the flu vaccine.


1. Having flu is just like having a heavy cold

A bad bout of flu is much worse than a heavy cold. Flu symptoms come on suddenly and sometimes severely. They include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles, as well as a cough and sore throat. You're likely to spend two or three days in bed. If you get complications caused by flu, you could become seriously ill and have to go to hospital.


2. Having the flu vaccine gives you flu

No, it doesn't. The injected flu vaccine that is given to adults contains inactivated flu viruses, so it can't give you flu. Your arm may feel a bit sore where you were injected, and some people get a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards, but other reactions are very rare.


Read more about how the injected flu vaccine works.


The children's flu nasal spray vaccine contains live but weakened flu viruses that will not give your child flu.

Read more about how the children's flu vaccine works.


3. Flu can be treated with antibiotics

No, it can't. Viruses cause flu, and antibiotics only work against bacteria. You may be prescribed antiviral medicines to treat your flu. Antivirals do not cure flu, but they can make you less infectious to others and reduce the length of time you may be ill. To be effective, antivirals have to be given within a day or two of your symptoms appearing. A bacterial infection may occur as a result of having the flu, in which case you may be given antibiotics.


Find out more about why antibiotics won't work against flu.


4. Once you've had the flu vaccine, you're protected for life

No, you aren't. The viruses that cause flu can change every year, so you need a vaccination each year that matches the new viruses. The vaccine usually provides protection for the duration of the flu season that year.


Read more about what's in this winter's flu vaccine.


5. I'm pregnant, so I shouldn't have the flu jab because it will affect my baby

You should have the vaccine whatever stage of pregnancy you are in. If you're pregnant, you could get very ill if you get flu, which could also be bad for your baby. Having the jab can also protect your baby against flu after they're born and during the early months of life.


Read more about the flu jab in pregnancy.


6. The flu jab won't protect me against swine flu

Yes, it will. This year's flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses, including the H1N1 swine flu virus. This is because the virus is expected to be circulating this year.


7. Children can't have the flu vaccine

Children over the age of six months who are "at risk" of serious illness if they catch the flu are eligible for a flu vaccine on the NHS. The flu vaccine is generally given to children aged 6 months to 2 years as an injection, and as a nasal spray for children aged 2 to 18 years.


Children at risk from flu include those with a pre-existing illness such as a respiratory or neurological condition, or children who are having treatment such as chemotherapy.


The nasal spray flu vaccine is also recommended on the NHS for all healthy two, three and four-year-old children plus children in school years one and two.


Eventually, the vaccination programme will be extended so that all children aged from 6 months to 16 years are able to have the flu vaccine.


Read more about which children can have the flu vaccine.


8. I've had the flu already this autumn, so I don't need the vaccination this year

You do need it if you're in one of the risk groups. As flu is caused by several viruses, you will only be protected by the immunity you developed naturally against one of them. You could go on to catch another strain, so it's recommended you have the jab even if you've recently had flu. Also, what you thought was flu could have been something else.


9. If I missed having the flu jab in October, it's too late to have it later in the year

No, it's not too late. It's better to have the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available, but it's always worth getting vaccinated before flu comes around. Since we don't know when flu will strike, the sooner you have the vaccine the better.


10. Vitamin C can prevent flu


No, it can't. Many people think that taking daily vitamin C supplements will stop them getting flu, but there's no evidence to prove this.


Read the answers to some common questions about flu and the flu vaccine.


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