Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccinations

Our Flu Clinics can now be booked online. On Saturday 21st September at the Aspen Medical Practice we will have a mix of pre-bookable and drop in clinics from 09:00 – 12:00. PLEASE NOTE THESES ARE ONLY FOR PATIENTS OVER THE AGE OF 65 as we will only have these vaccines in stock.

Patients who are under age 65 and in at risk groups are invited to book clinics after the 11th October when these vaccines have been delivered.

There will be pre bookable clinics available at: The Aspen Centre, Saintbridge Surgery and Tuffley Surgery from the 23rd September 2019.

An additional clinic will be held on wednesday 16th October 2019 at Tuffley Community Centre.

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill

or have a serious long-term health condition, including:

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
  • being seriously overweight (BMI of above 40 or above)
  • eligible children who are aged 2 or 3 on the 31.08.2019
  • children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2018. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice
  • children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings

If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

Flu Vaccinations and Chronic Neurological Diseases

This leaflet is for patients with chronic neurological diseases and explains the importance of having an annual flu vaccination to protect you from getting the flu virus: Neurological Disease and the Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccinations and Heart Conditions

This leaflet is for patients with long term heart conditions and explains the importance of having an annual flu vaccination to protect you from getting the flu virus: Heart Disease and the Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccinations and Chronic Liver Disease

This leaflet is for patients with chronic liver disease and explains the importance of having an annual flu vaccine to protect you from getting the flu virus: Liver Disease and the Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccinations and Diabetes

This leaflet is for patients with Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes and explains the importance of having an annual flu vaccine to protect you from getting the flu virus: Diabetes and the Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccinations and Long Term Respiratory Conditions

This leaflet is for patients with long term respiratory (breathing) conditions and explains the importance of having an annual flu vaccine to protect you from getting the flu virus: Respiratory Conditions and the Flu Vaccine