Flu Vaccination

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu can be much worse than a heavy cold.
The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.

The leaflet below explains how you can help protect yourself and your children against flu this coming winter, and why it’s very important that people who are at increased risk from flu have their free vaccination every year.

Flu Vaccination info leaflet

Flu Vaccine Q&A

Why porcine-gelatine is used in vaccines

Protecting Your Child Against Flu Leaflet

 

Flu vaccination 2018/2019

Information for Patient Assistant Team and Patients

ADULT FLU CLINIC (HCA/NURSE)

FROM MONDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2018:

–          18 to 64 years old in clinical risk group
–          Pregnant women
–          Carers
–          Health & social care workers with direct patient contact

ADULT FLU CLINIC (HCA/NURSE)

FROM MONDAY 1st OCTOBER 2018:

–          65 year olds and over
–          64 year olds who will be 65 by 31st March 2018

CHILDRENS FLU CLINIC (NURSE ONLY)

FROM OCTOBER 2018 – EXACT DATE TBC:

–          Age 2 and 3 year olds on 31st August 2018

(Born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2016)

–          6 months to 17 years old in clinical risk group

NOTE:
Children aged 4 to 9 years old that are healthy (i.e not in clinical risk group) should have their flu vaccination at school. This is children in reception up to school year 5 (Born between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2014). The nurse will however see the child if they have missed it at school.