Flu Season 2018

The flu season is here, so please support your practice by having your jab at Testvale Surgery! 

Seasonal flu vaccination is recommended each year for people with certain clinical conditions that could put them at risk, so please check below for your own eligibility below and call us on 02380 866999 to book your appointment. 

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.

Vaccination Dates

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.

Types of vaccines in 2018/19

The practice will be using three types of vaccines for adults during this flu season, so it is important you let us know your age, so we ensure you receive the correct vaccine:

  1. a live quadrivalent vaccine (Fluenz Tetra) which protects against 4 strains of flu, given as a nasal spray. This is for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years eligible for the flu vaccine
  1. a quadrivalent injected vaccine. (Influvac) This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65yrs who are at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition.
  1. an adjuvanted trivalent injected vaccine. (Fluad) This is for people aged 65 and over as it has been shown to be more effective in this age group

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.

Saturday clinics 

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!

Home Visits 

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.

Further information

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:

Flu Vaccination Booklet

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:

Stay Well This Winter

For general information about flu, how to identify whether you have got it and how to treat it, please see below:

General Flu Information

Flu Vaccination Information

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