WINTER VACCINATION PROGRAMME
Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter. The flu vaccinations are usually available from the middle of September until the end of March, but the surgery has a limited supply and tries to carry out all the flu vaccinations by the end of December.
During the winter months the surgery operates a certain amount of walk in clinics where the patients that are eligible for the vaccine can attend. The dates for this year are listed below.
INFLUENZA IMMUNISATIONS - Autumn 2017
All Flu Clinics have now been completed, but it’s not too late to have your flu vaccination.
Flu Clinic Dates 2017
All walk in clinics have now taken place. Please contact reception to book an appointment with the nurse as we are now booking appointments for the Influenza Vaccinations for our eligible patients.
Children Only Clinics 2017
All clinics have now taken place. Please contact reception to book an appointment with the nurse if these have been missed.
If you do not wish to have the vaccination please let us know and we will up date your record.
Who is entitled to the flu vaccine?
- Patients aged 65 years and over
- Chronic respiratory disease aged six months or older
- Chronic heart disease aged six months or older
- Chronic kidney disease aged six months or older
- Chronic liver disease aged six months or older
- Chronic neurological disease aged six months or older
- Diabetes aged six months or older
- Immunosuppression aged six months or older
- Those living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality
- Unpaid Carers and young carers
- Pregnant Women - at any stage of pregnancy
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1 Influenza vaccine - This vaccine is free to all patients 65 years and over and to patients considered to be at risk. All over 65's will receive a letter from the Health Board. Any patient who is eligible should attend the surgery at one of the drop in clinic therefore no appointment is necessary. If you already have an appointment around this time, the clinician may be able to vaccinate you during this appointment. More information is available on the flu link on the right hand side of the page .
2 Fluenz - This influenza vaccine is intended for children. It is being offered to all children normally at risk and all pre school children (aged 2 and above). Please note there is now a programme being delivered in the primary schools for Primary 1 - 7 year old children. All parents will receive a letter and a leaflet explaining the vaccine. Please call the surgery to book an appointment at one of our Childrens Flu clinics, if your child does not attend school. If your child is less than 18 years of age and 'at risk' they may be offered Fluenz (nasal flu vaccine).
More information is available on the flu link on the right hand side of the page .
3 Zostavax - This vaccine is for the prevention of Shingles. There is also a limited supply of this vaccine and for that reason this year it is being offered to patients aged 70-73 and 76 - 70 on the 1st September. Please make an appointment with Sister Bennet or Waterfield to have this vaccination.
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