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NHS Flu Programme 2017

This seasons flu vaccination programme has started with our first flu clinic running from Thursday 28th September.  Please telephone the surgery to book your flu vaccination and hear details of further flu clinics. The NHS Flu Vaccination is available to patients listed below:-

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • patients with diabetes
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems.

The child Flu nasal spray vaccination is also available to children aged two and three years old (but not four years or older) on 31st August 2017.   School aged children in clinical risk groups may also be offered the vaccination.  For those children aged four years and over in reception, school years 1, 2, 3 and four the vaccination will be offered at school.

NHS Shingles Programme 2017

Patients become eligible on and after their 70th birthday for the shingles vaccination.  The eligibility cohort this year applies to all patients aged 70,71,72,73,74 and 75 year olds born before or on 1st September 1942.  It is also available to patients aged 79,78.  For those who are born after 2nd Sept 1942 aged 75,76,77 you will become eligible on your 78th birthday.  The vaccine is not available for those aged 80 years and over.

 

Private Prescriptions 
Please be advised that prescriptions issued by a Private Consultant cannot be converted into NHS Prescriptions. You need to take your Private Presciption to a Chemist who will advise you of the charge. Even if this is high, we are not allowed by new NHS rules to issue them.

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.   For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.

Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.

The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.

 
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