Flu Vaccination 2017/18
We offer a
Flu vaccination service to those of our patients who meet
NHS eligibility criteria. Nasal spray
immunisation will be available for eligible children from
mid-October. Flu vaccination is recommended
pregnant women but not when no longer pregnant unless
other risk factors present.
All vaccinations will be
given in appointments this year:
Attending an appointment with one of our nursing staff?
You will probably be able to have your vaccination then - let the nurse/HCA know that you want the flu jab too.
If they confirm you are eligible but are unable to vaccinate
you at that time for any reason, please book a Flu clinic
appointment when you return to Reception.
This service started on 15th
September but may be paused at any time if sufficient
vaccination stock is not available.
Otherwise, book a
Flu Clinic appointment - in person
at Reception, over the phone or ideally
online via Patient Access.
Please do not book an appointment
unless you are confident you are eligible - appointment
bookings will be checked and appointments cancelled where
patients are ineligible.
Winter 2017 Flu Clinics - Bookable
20th Sept - from 11.30am
26th Sept - from 12 noon
Sat 7th Oct - from 9am
Tues 17th Oct - from 4.30pm
Fri 20th Oct - from 11.45am
Further shorter clinics were available throughout November & December
Appointments will continue to be available
through January 2018
Where eligible, vaccination for
Pneumo (aged 65 and
over by 31/3/18) and/or
Shingles (aged 70-74,
or 78-79 on 1/9/17, no longer eligible once turn 80 -
check Shingles vaccination eligibility online here) can be received at the same time. Younger patients may be eligible for Pneumo
vaccination due to a clinical condition but will be offered this
opportunistically by the nursing team outside of the seasonal Flu clinics. Most people only need one Pneumococcal vaccination in their lifetime however
with certain health conditions protection is likely to decline over time so
we may identify you as eligible to receive a booster every 5 years.
We were unable to obtain Pneumo vaccine for a time and it
anticipated that there would be insufficient
available to vaccinate all healthy 65 and over year olds this winter (there
being no major concerns about delaying vaccination for a few months or a year).
However we currently have
Pneumo vaccine stock
- please contact us to re-book if you have missed Pneumo vaccination.
Frequently Asked Questions about eligibility/vaccination arrangements:
for Child Flu
queries, see section below
I have an egg allergy, can I have Flu
vaccination? Anyone with a history of severe
anaphylactic reaction to egg which has required intensive care
needs referral to a specialist for vaccination in hospital
however all other adults and children should be able to be
immunised by us - the vaccines we will use (Sanofi
inactivated injection & Fluenz Tetra nasal spray) have ovalbumin
contents within the range judged to be safe (less than 0.06μg/0.5ml dose - see
information on gov.uk) and lower ovalbumin vaccines are
available if required. When you attend please let the vaccinating
clinician know about any allergies and they will manage you/your child according
to the guidelines.
I have asthma, am I eligible for Flu
vaccination? Possibly not - only severe
asthmatics are eligible
(steroid issued/hospital admission in the last 12 months).
If you haven't had an Asthma review for over a year, we would
advise you book that with us and the nurse will advise you
further (and should be able to provide vaccination at that
appointment if you are eligible and stock is available)
Do you provide Flu vaccinations for
if you are employed to deliver care - please check vaccination
arrangements with your employer. If you are in
receipt of carer’s
allowance or are the main carer of an elderly/disabled person
whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill, we can vaccinate
you on the NHS if you are a registered patient with us and have
also registered with us as a Carer - pick up a Carers
Pack from reception to register if you have not already done so.
There is a form to complete which must be returned and entered
onto your record before you will be identified as eligible for
I can't get to the surgery, can I have vaccination at
home? Where a
community nurse is
regularly visiting, they will normally provide Flu/Pneumo/Shingles
vaccination - please ask your nurse directly regarding
arrangements. We will make arrangements to visit patients
registered with us as housebound who are eligible for Flu
however this is likely to be later in the Flu season (Nov/Dec).
The decision to register you as housebound rests with your GP -
please ask if you would like to query your status. In all
other instances we would ask you to attend the surgery if you
would like vaccination.
It looks like I am ineligible for vaccination
NHS criteria, can I still be vaccinated? Flu
vaccination can be obtained privately via most major supermarket and pharmacy chains if you are aged 16 and over and is relatively inexpensive.
Some of these providers also offer private nasal flu vaccination for
children. If you have a clinical condition and you believe
you should qualify for an NHS vaccination but our system is not
showing you as eligible, please speak to your GP - if they agree
that there is a clinical risk, we can provide vaccination.
Vaccination can also be provided in this way for our patients
who are living with an immunocompromised individual who would be
at risk should they catch flu.
I do not want the Flu vaccination, please
can you stop inviting me?
We have a responsibility to invite
at-risk patients every year but once you have declined
vaccination that year, we should not invite you again - please
ask any staff member to record this on your notes. You
would be invited again the following year so if you do not want
any further invites, please make this clear to us in writing so
we can add this note to your record however a manual process is
needed each year to pick up so this may not be foolproof.
CHILD FLU VACCINATION
2017/18 - also
the NHS Choices website
The main Child Flu clinic was held on Saturday 4th Nov 2017
Appointments were available through December 2017
Nasal Flu has a limited shelf life - we have some
appointments available 22/1/18 to 29/1/18 but cannot guarantee availability of
stock after that date
Our vaccination service covers children with qualifying clinical
conditions ('at risk') and all children aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2017 (born between
1 September 2013 and 31 August 2015).
Healthy children in Reception & school
years 1-4 will be offered immunisation at school - if missed, please ask for
vaccination at a
Boots Hub. Please do not book for vaccination here as
GP practices in the Bristol area are not contracted to provide Flu
vaccination to well school-age children.
The vaccine of choice for 2 to 17 year olds is Fluenz Tetra® which is a
live vaccine containing porcine (pig) gelatin, delivered
It has been approved by Jewish and Muslim faith groups but cannot be given to people who:
are severely allergic to eggs/egg proteins or any of the vaccine ingredients such as gentamicin or gelatin
have had MMR or BCG vaccine in the last 4 weeks
have a weakened immune system as a result of disease or other treatment
Children with any contraindications to the nasal flu vaccine, or aged between 6 months and 2 years old, will be offered the inactivated intramuscular flu
vaccine instead, or please advise the nurse when you attend if you are
requesting injection instead of nasal flu vaccination. Most children will only need a single dose of vaccine however children at clinical risk who are less than 9 years old and have not previously received flu
vaccine, will need a second dose 4 weeks after the first. You will be advised by the nurse if a second dose is required.
there is no clinical indication for your
child to have the inactivated flu injection it is not
a simple matter to request this instead of nasal flu immunisation.
Boots are only able to give nasal flu immunisation to the school-age
children they are contracted to provide for (whether at school or at one of
their Hub pharmacies). You may be able to obtain a private flu injection for
your child however we are not able to recommend any providers for this.
If your child is included in our 2-3 year old vaccination service, your
request for the injection would need to be agreed by a
GP - nurses cannot give the injectable flu vaccination to healthy children
without a Patient Specific Direction from a doctor.