DATES TO BE CONFIRMED FOR WINTER 2020
Eligible patients will receive an appointment letter by post. Please contact our reception team on 028 91 515200 if you do not receive an appointment letter and believe you should get the vaccination.
Please try to attend in your allocated time slot to prevent overcrowding in the health centre and to ease congestion in the car park.
Children and young adults eligible for the nasal flu vaccine will have separate clinics & will receive appointment letters by post.
Please read below for eligible criteria.
Flu vaccine for adults
Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter. Sometimes flu can lead to serious illnesses or make existing conditions worse. The best way to protect yourself is to get the free seasonal flu vaccine if your GP offers you the vaccine.
People who should get the vaccine
Some people are at greater risk from the effects of flu and should get the vaccine. There’s an increased risk if:
- you’re pregnant
- you’re aged 65 or over, even if you feel fit and healthy
- you live in a residential or nursing home
- you’re the main carer for an elderly or disabled person – ask your GP if you should be vaccinated so you can continue caring for the person
People with illnesses or health conditions
Children over six months old and adults should get the vaccine if they have:
- a chronic chest condition such as asthma
- a chronic heart condition
- chronic liver disease
- chronic kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroids or cancer – please note people living in the same house as someone with lowered immunity may also have the flu vaccination.
- a chronic neurological condition such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or a condition that affects the nervous system such as cerebral palsy.
- a very high body weight (BMI greater than 40)
- any other serious medical condition, ask your doctor if you’re unsure
Protection against common flu strains
Each year the flu vaccine protects against the three most common strains of flu. You are more at risk from flu complications if you fall into any of the categories listed above. In the worst cases, flu can result in a stay in hospital or even death.
You should get the vaccine even if you got it last year and you feel fit and healthy now.
How the flu vaccine works
The flu vaccine cannot give you flu. The vaccine is made from small parts of the flu virus.
A week after you get the vaccine, your body makes antibodies to the vaccine viruses. These antibodies help protect you against flu.
Flu vaccine in pregnancy
Flu infection during pregnancy can be very harmful to mother and baby. Serious complications include:
- heart problems
- lung problems
The flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women and their babies. If you’re pregnant, you should get the vaccine to protect you and your baby from flu, regardless of your stage of pregnancy.
Flu vaccine for children
Our 2 nasal flu vaccine clinics for eligible children (age 2 years & over & eligible under 18s with eligible health conditions):
- Wednesday 30th October 8.45am - 12.30pm
- Wednesday 6th November 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Children attending primary school will receive their flu vaccine in school.
Flu vaccine and allergic reactions
If you had an anaphylactic reaction to a previous flu vaccine, you shouldn’t get vaccinated again.
If you’re pregnant and have a serious allergy to hens’ eggs, you should discuss this or any other serious allergy with your GP.