Flu Vaccination eligibility
Seasonal flu vaccination is recommended each year for people with certain clinical conditions that could put them at risk. Please ask the practice for a vaccination if you are:
- Aged 65 years or over;
- Living in a residential or nursing home;
- Have a long term health condition such as severe asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, chronic neurological disease, or a weakened immune system
- The main carer of an older or disabled person;
- A household contact of an immunocompromised person;
- A frontline health or social care worker;
- If you are pregnant;
- For children if aged between 2 and 3;
- At risk children between 6 months and 18 years
Please note that children between the ages of 4 years and 10 years will be given at school and not in the surgery.
Booking for the flu vaccination clinics are now open.
There will be lots of clinics available to choose from on week days if you are able to get to the surgery, or at evenings and weekends and so there will be availability at a time to suit you. Call us on 02380 866999 to book your flu jab now.
For housebound patients Sister Palmer will visit in early November 2018.
Electronic Text Message Reminders
Testvale Surgery will send patients text message reminders for flu vaccinations, as well as writing to at risk patients.
Please make sure you have informed the surgery of any changes in your mobile telephone number. Complete a slip on the reception desk to let us know of any telephone number changes.
Flu vaccine for children
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they will be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2.
This year, the surgery will offer the flu vaccine to all 2 and 3 year olds. Children aged 4 to 9 years old will be vaccinated at their school. For most children the vaccine is given as a simple nasal spray. If there are any reasons why it should not be given, an injection can be given as an alternative. If you child is eligible for the flu vaccination the surgery will contact you by letter.
Our Saturday clinics are extremely popular with our patients and we regularly vaccinate hundreds of patients on these dates. This year, we have three Saturday dates planned on:
- Saturday 6 October 2018;
- Saturday 20 October 2018; and
- Saturday 10 November 2018
Why don’t you come down for your flu jab then? Book an appointment with the reception team today on 02380 866999!
However, if you are unable to attend the surgery and would like a home visit please ring the surgery on 02380 866 999 and we will be able to help. For housebound patients Sister Palmer will visit in early November 2018.
For more information about how important it is to protect yourself from flu this winter by having a flu vaccination, please see the following link:
For helpful information and tips about winter health advice, winter illnesses and where to get help, as well as general information about keeping well this winter:
For general information about flu, how to identify whether you have got it and how to treat it, please see below: