We are getting a number of queries regarding flu vaccinations, so here is a summary of the current situation:
If you were born before 1 April 1956 and have not yet had your flu vaccine and you do wish to have one this year, please ring us on 01978 860625 to book an appointment.
All patients aged 17 and below who qualify for a flu vaccine should have received a letter inviting them to make an appointment for their nasal vaccine.
Patients aged 18 – 64 who fall into one of the following groups:
- You are pregnant
- You have a heart problem
- You have a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including asthma that needs regular steroid inhalers or tablets
- You have kidney disease
- You have lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid or cancer treatment) or are in close contact with or live in the same house as someone with a lowered immunity
- You have liver disease
- You have diabetes
- You have had a stroke (or mini stroke)
- You have a neurological condition, for example multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or post-polio syndrome
- You have a learning disability
- You have a problem with your spleen, for example sickle cell disease, or have had your spleen removed
- You are an adult with a higher body weight (Body Mass Index (BMI of 40 or more)
- You are a carer
You should have already received a letter inviting you to contact us to reserve your flu vaccine in readiness for a clinic on 15th November. Due to staff shortages there is a delay in sending out the follow up confirmation letter with further details of this clinic but we will be endeavouring to get those letters out by Wednesday 11th November.
If you fall into the one of the above categories and have not received any letter from us and you do wish to have a flu vaccine this year please contact us.
Patients aged 50 – 65 who do not fall into any of the categories above. We can only start vaccinating this group when we have finished vaccinating patients in the above categories. It is not anticipated that this will be before the beginning of December and is dependent on us having a supply of correct vaccine.