FLU DROP IN CLINIC DATES 2019;
Our drop in flu clinics this flu season will be on;
- Saturday 28th September 2019 (8.30am - 12 noon) for patients aged 18+ only
- Saturday 5th October 2019 (8.30am - 12 noon) for patients aged 18+ only.
Children aged 4 years - 10 years will receive the nasal flu vaccine in school.
Children aged 2 and 3 years old and those in an at risk group aged 11-17 years can book an appointment for a nasal flu spray in our clinics throughout October. Unfortunately, due to issues with supply the nasal flu spray will NOT be available for our Saturday flu clinics.
This year, the Department of Health continue with the new flu vaccine that is given to patients aged 65 years and over. If you were born on or before 31st March 1955, you will receive the new adjuvanted flu vaccine as it works much better in your age group than the vaccine given in previous years.
You will also be able to book an appointment with our Practice Nurse in one of our flu clinics running throughout October if you are unable to attend the drop in clinics on 28th September or 5th October 19.
Please speak to a receptionist for further details...
For adults 65+ or patients in an "At Risk" group
For most people flu is an unpleasant illness, but it is not serious. If you are otherwise healthy, you will usually recover from flu within a week.
However, certain people are at greater risk of developing complications of flu, such as bronchitis (an infection of the main airways of the lungs) and pneumonia (a lung infection). These conditions can be serious and may require hospital treatment.
The flu vaccine is offered free of charge to people who are at risk to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You are eligible to receive a free flu vaccine if you:
Are 65 years of age or over
Are pregnant (including women who become pregnant during the flu season)
Have a certain medical condition (see below)
Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility (not including prisons, young offender institutions or university halls of residence)
Are in receipt of a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
People with medical conditions
The flu vaccine is offered free to anyone over the age of six months if they have any of the following medical conditions:
Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease
Problems with your spleen - for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
A weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or as a result of having treatment that suppresses the immune system, such as chemotherapy
If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP about this.