Flu Vaccination 2018-19
We offer a Flu vaccination service to those of our patients who meet NHS eligibility criteria - please see our FAQs below about alternative vaccination options if you are ineligible. Flu vaccination is recommended for all pregnant women but not when no longer pregnant unless other risk factors present.
This year there is a different type of vaccine for patients aged 65 and over by the end of the Flu season (born before 1/4/54). We have started to invite both these patients and at risk 18-64 year olds. For under 18's please see the Child Flu immunisation section after checking eligibility - note that nasal spray immunisation is no longer available (as of 1/3/19)
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.
Otherwise, book a Flu Clinic appointment - in person at Reception or over the phone or via Online Services
If booking online, please select the correct appointment type for your age, noting that Flu 65+ is for anyone aged 65 or older by 31/3/19. Or if you contact Reception at your usual practice site (St George or Lodgeside), they will book you in to the appropriate appointment to receive the correct vaccine for your age group. Pneumococcal vaccination and/or Shingles vaccination will be offered in the same appointment if you are eligible - for more information including safety & efficacy of these vaccines, see the Vaccine Knowledge Project pages for Shingles vaccine and Pneumococcal (PPV) vaccine
Adult Flu vaccination
Flu clinics started on 17th September 2018. We send invitations by text and email initially, following up with letter invitations where necessary later on. Reception will be able to advise you on your eligibility for vaccination, you do not need to wait to get an invitation.
Please see the NHS website for more information. The vaccine used for patients aged 65 and over is supplied by Seqirus and the 18-64 year old vaccine is supplied by Sanofi - for more information including safety & efficacy of these vaccines, see the Vaccine Knowledge Project page for Inactivated Flu vaccine
Child Flu immunisation
School Flu service: Nasal spray immunisation will be offered at school to eligible children (Reception through to Year 5 inclusive) by North Somerset Community Partnership. This should be provided between October to December - see the NSCP website for more information. If missed at school please call 01275 373104 to arrange for your child to attend a NSCP clinic - please do not contact the practice as we cannot provide vaccination for healthy school-aged children (children with clinical risk factors can be vaccinated by the practice, on request or by referral from the School Flu service). Please note that the School Flu service can only provide nasal flu vaccination - unless your child has clinical risk factors and can be given Flu vaccination by our practice, the choice is to receive Nasal Flu immunisation or no immunisation.
The practice service: Flu immunisation to all children aged 2 and 3 years old on 31/8/1818 and children in at risk groups aged between 6 months and 17 years of age. Nasal Flu vaccination is no longer available (as of 1/3/19 - limited shelf-life vaccine)
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.
For more information on Child Flu vaccination see the NHS website and/or the Nasal Flu Vaccine page from the University of Oxford Vaccine Knowledge Project (a World Health Organisation approved site which includes information about vaccine safety and efficacy)
Frequently Asked Questions about eligibility/vaccination arrangements:
- It looks like I am ineligible for vaccination under 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.
- Can my child have the injectable Flu vaccine instead of the Nasal Flu vaccine? 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. If 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. The school flu service is likely only to be able to provide nasal flu immunisation to the school-age children they are contracted to provide for. 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.
- 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. 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 carers? Not 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 Flu vaccination.
- 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.
- 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 remove from invitation so this may not be foolproof.