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Flu Season 2019

Eligibility for flu vaccination 

More information on who is eligible for a flu vaccination is available on the NHS Choices Website but the main categories are:

Children aged 6 months - 2 years "at-risk"

Children aged 2-3 

Children aged 4-9 (will be vaccinated at school)

Children aged 10-17 "at-risk" *

Adults (aged 18+) "at-risk" *

Adults aged over 65 years 

Pregnant women


Workers in care homes, domiciliary workers and employees of hospices (directly involved in patient care)

* Patients at-risk may include those who have medical conditions such as Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Heart failure, Chronic kidney Disease or a range of other conditions etc. Or patients at-risk may have previously had a stroke or a heart attack and therefore would benefit from being protected from Flu. please see the NHS choices website for specific information


This year there are two types of flu vaccine depending on your age; one for "at-risk" patients under 65, and a different type for those over age 65. This is because the evidence from the last few years' of flu vaccinations suggested patients of different ages responded better to different types of vaccination. They will both still be by injection. Please tell your health care professional if you have ever had an allergic reaction to the flu vaccination, or are allergic to egg. 


Protecting children from flu can help protect other vulnerable members of society including older adults and babies. 

The eligibility for childhood flu vaccinations is complex and therefore we would encourage any parent to discuss their child's eligibility with the reception team. However the following information may assist.

Our supply of childhood flu Nasal Spray vaccinations will arrive on Monday 14th October. Appointments can be booked from Tuesday15th October. 

Nasal Spray

Most children who are eligible for a flu vaccination are able to have the nasal spray. This is a non-invasive vaccination that helps protect vulnerable children from flu. Please visit the NHS choices website for more information.

The following children are eligible for the nasal spray:

Children aged 2-3

Children aged 4-17 who are "at-risk"

(Please note, children aged 4-9 will receive the nasal spray at school and we would encourage all eligible children to receive the vaccination through the school nurses.) Should your child miss the nasal spray at school, we are UNABLE to give this at the surgery.  A Catch-up programme will be organised by the School Nurse team.

Vaccination by injection

Children aged 6 months - 2 years "at-risk"

Workers who require flu vaccination

The practice can not provide flu vaccination for occupational health purposes, even if you are a health professional. Your employer should arrange to provide your flu vaccination. However, if you fall into one of the "at-risk" groups we are able to carry out your vaccination. If you are a social care worker (with direct client contact), are a domiciliary care worker or are involved in other social care roles the practice can carry out your vaccination. Please bring some evidence of your role e.g. name badge, ID, payslip etc. Thank you

Raising money for ANTHONY NOLAN TRUST

Every flu season the practice staff choose a charity that is close to their hearts and those of our patients. This year the staff have chosen Anthony Nolan Trust charity. Throughout the flu season (and especially at our big flu events) we will be raising money to support this brilliant charity. Please help us in any way you can. Please follow this link for more information about our chosen charity (please note, this link will take you to an outside website)

Please note, the practice can only carry out flu vaccinations for patients permanently registered with the practice. 

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