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Influenza Vaccinations

The flu vaccination who should have it and why: winter 2021 to 2022 - Click here

Helping us to vaccinate pregnant women this year.

This year’s flu vaccination programme is well underway, which is more important than ever with the added risk of flu and COVID-19 co-circulating.

As you will be aware, pregnant women are a priority group vulnerable to the serious impacts of flu and so it is important that we ensure high vaccine uptake in this group. The flu vaccine protects pregnant women but also provides protection for their newborn in the first few months of life. At-risk babies cannot be vaccinated until six months of age.  Pregnant women can be vaccinated at any stage of pregnancy. They are eligible for a free flu vaccination and can obtain one from their GP.

A video has been produced to share with pregnant patients:

Adult Flu Vaccine supplies arrived end of September 2020, eligible patients can book via our reception team, please call 01279 827608 after 10am from end of September 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.

Our Reception team will also be contacting patients eligible for a free flu vaccination in the coming weeks via SMS text message or letter.

Reminder: please advise if you wish to decline & our reception team will update your record.

You can have the free flu vaccine if you are:

  • aged 65 and over (including those becoming age 65 by 31.03.2021.

  • everyone under 65 years of age including children & babies over 6 months of age who have a medical condition / long term condition such as:

    • a heart problem

    • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma

    • a kidney disease

    • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)

    • liver disease

    • had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)

    • diabetes

    • a neurological condition, eg multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy, parkinsons.

    • a learning disability

  • a problem with your spleen, eg sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed

  • are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)

  • Pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy.

  • Patients who are carers for an older or disabled person

  • Locum GPs (to be vaccinated by the GP practice where they are registered as a patient)

  • health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider (to be vaccinated by the GP practice where they are registered as a patient)

  • health and care staff employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider (to be vaccinated by the GP practice where they are registered as a patient).

  • Patients on the NHS Shielded Patient List for COVID-19 are all eligible for a free flu vaccine and it is really important this year that you receive it.

  • individuals between 50 and 64 years may be offered flu vaccine in December, under the NHS flu vaccination programme, however this will be following prioritisation of other eligible groups and strictly subject to vaccine supply.

This list of conditions isn’t definitive. It’s always an issue of clinical judgement. Your GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.


To ensure the smooth running of flu clinics and to ensure the safety of both patients & staff, those who are given an appointment are requested to comply with the following:

  1. Do not attend if you or a household member develops any symptoms of COVID 19 such as high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of taste or smell.

  2. Do not attend if you are awaiting COVID 19 test results. 
  3. Wear a face covering.

  4. Come alone where possible.

  5. Attend your appointment promptly & remove your coat / roll up your sleeve in preparation for the vaccine, this will aid the smooth running of clinics.

For Winter 2020/21, we will be offering eligible patients the Flucelvax Cell based quadrivalent influenza vaccine ( QIVc ) vaccine - (suitable for at-risk adults aged less than 65 years (including pregnant women) & Adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) (suitable for use in adults 65 years & older)

This will benefit patients by ensuring that they have the most suitable vaccine that gives them the best protection against flu.

Click here  for the NHS website page 'Who should have the flu vaccine?'.

Click here for an audio version of the 'Protecting your child from flu' leaflet.

Click here for information on how to request a copy of the 'Protecting your child from flu' leaflet in braille.

Click here for the 'Protecting your child from flu' leaflet which is also available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Romani, Romanian, Somali, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish and Urdu.

Click here to download the EasyRead leaflet for people with learning disabilities 'Protect yourself from flu, have the flu vaccine'.

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

Click here for a guide to Flu Vaccinations for under 18s.

NASAL FLU 2020/21:

Supplies arrived on 9th September 2020, our reception team will be contacting eligible patients.

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

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.

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.

Eligible patients:

  • From six months to less than 2 years old – only if at high risk (check with GP/Nurse)
  • aged two and three (on 31 August 2020) (i.e. born on or after 1 September 2016 and on or before 31 August 2018)

  • All children in Reception to year 7 (up to those aged 11 on 31 August 2020)

  • All children with a special educational need up to their 18th birthday.

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:

01727 732062 for all secondary school children

01462 341173 for all primary school children (flu programme provided by Vaccinations UK)


Home schooled children, parents to contact: 01727 732062


Email address for general enquiries:


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