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Influenza Vaccinations

Our Adult Flu Vaccine & Child Nasal Flu Vaccine supplies arrive throughout September / October, eligible patients can book via our reception team, please call 01279 827608 after 10am to book your flu vaccination.

You can also request an appointment for the flu vaccine via our email - & we will call you back to arrange a suitable appointment.

Please also advise if you wish to decline & our reception team will update your record.

For Winter 2018/19, two types of flu vaccine will be used in the flu programme. This will benefit patients by ensuring that they have the most suitable vaccine that gives them the best protection against flu. The vaccines are:

Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV) – This is licensed for people aged 65 years and over and is the vaccine recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI) for this age group.

Quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) – This is recommended for adults from 18 years to less than 65 years of age who are at increased risk from flu because of a long term health condition.

Click here to download the leaflet 'The flu vaccination, Winter 2018/19. Who should have it and why'.

Click here to download the EasyRead leaflet for people with learning disabilities all about flu and how to stop getting it.

Click here to download the EasyRead leaflet for people with learning disabilities all about flu and the flu vaccination.

Click here for an Easy Read Flu Information including info on the nasal spray - This helps the person understand why they are entitled to a Flu Jab.

Click here for a guide to the person and their carers to support them in understanding the information and making and informed decision BEFORE they get to the appointment.

Click here for an easy read poster on Flu vaccine

NASAL FLU 2018/19:

Supplies have now arrived, our reception team will start contacting eligible patients.

Please be aware the nasal flu vaccine does contain gelatine that comes from pork as one of its additives. Gelatine is commonly used in a range of medicines, including capsules & some other vaccines. The gelatine used in Fluenz Tetra is highly purified & used to stabilise the live vaccine. Many stabilsers were tried out by the manufacturers but this gelatine was chosen because it was the best product.

The World Health Organisation consulted over 100 Muslim Scholars who confirmed that gelatine used in medicines is considered transformed & therefore lawful & permissible in the Muslim faith. This is accepted widely by Muslims in many parts of the world, including USA where a vaccine the same as Fluenz Tetra has been used successfully for over ten years.

Click here for more information about the contents of the nasal flu vaccine.

If after reading the above you would still prefer an alternative due to religion, diet, allergies please inform our staff when booking your child's appointment & this information will be passed to our Nurse.

There are strict ordering controls of nasal vaccine quantities currently, therefore appointments will be subject to vaccine deliveries being received.

Eligible patients:

Six months to 2 years old – only if at high risk (check with GP/Nurse)

2 to 3 year olds (pre-school) – date of birth between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2016 inclusive

Children who turn two years of age after 31 August 2017 are not eligible


4 to 9 year olds

reception class & school years 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 with a date of birth between 1 September 2008 & 31 August 2014 inclusive

Children and Young People in Special Educational Needs Schools will be vaccinated up to their 18th birthday.


GP Surgeries are not responsible for delivering flu vaccinations for “healthy” children within the reception to year 5 inclusive cohorts. NHS England & the School Immunisation Service in Hertfordshire have provided the information below:

All children four to nine year old (with a date of birth between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2014 inclusive) will be offered seasonal flu immunisation at school by the School Immunisation Service.

If a school aged child wishing to receive their flu immunisation then misses the opportunity at school (due to absence, sickness etc.), they should contact the School Immunisation Service (not their GP) who will offer alternative opportunities.

Parents/carers to contact 01234 310408 if their child’s missed Flu immunisation at school.

10 to 17 year olds with Long Term Health Condition (LTC)

Children in school year 6 and above

BOOK WITH NURSE AT PARSONAGE SURGERY - eligible only if have Long Term Condition (LTC)

How is the nasal spray flu vaccine given?

The vaccine is given as a single spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free – a big advantage for children – the nasal spray is quick, painless, and works even better than the injected flu vaccine.

The vaccine is absorbed very quickly. It will still work even if, after the vaccination, your child develops a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose.

Are there any children who should delay having the nasal spray flu vaccine?

Children should have their nasal spray flu vaccination delayed if they:

  • are unwell with a fever or are wheezy
  • If your child has a fever, the vaccination can be delayed until they feel better.
  • If a child is wheezy or has been wheezy in the past week, their vaccination should be postponed until they have been wheeze-free for at least 3 days.
  • If a child has a heavily blocked or runny nose, it might stop the vaccine getting into their system. In this case, their flu vaccination can be postponed until their nasal symptoms have cleared up.

School Aged Immunisation Service

The telephone contact details for parents wishing to make enquiries for vaccination schedules in schools, advice about the vaccination programmes or to book an appointment for missed immunisations is:

01582 711581 for all secondary school children

0333 800 5100 for all primary school children (flu programme)

Email address for general enquiries:

Primary School Age: Immunisations delivered by Vaccinations UK

Childhood Flu Programme Reception to Year 5 pupils please refer to date of birth range (September 2018 Programme Date of Birth Range - 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2014)

Children and Young People in Special Educational Needs up to their 18th birthday

Secondary School Age: Immunisations delivered by HCT School Aged Immunisation team

HPV Programme School Year 8 and followed up in subsequent school years for incomplete vaccinations.

Men ACWY and DTP School Year 9 and followed up in subsequent school years for incomplete vaccinations.

Any School aged child requiring MMR please contact your GP or practice nurse or call 0333 800 5100 to make an appointment.

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