Our flu clinics are a really efficient and convenient way of protecting yourself from the flu this winter.
About the flu jab
You can get your annual flu jab at our surgery if you are registered, quickly easily and for free under the NHS.
The flu vaccination is available to help protect adults and children at risk of flu.
Flu is not nice to have, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- Anyone aged 65 and over
- Pregnant women
- Children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- Children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
The injected flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS annually to:
- Adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
- Pregnant women
- Children aged six months to two years at risk of flu
65 and overs and the flu jab
You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2017-18) if you will be aged 65 and over on March 31 2017 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1953. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2018, you do qualify.
If you fall into the categories above, you are entitled to a free flu jab. To book in a vaccination in the above times, please ring the surgery.
We recommend booking in your flu jab in the autumn, from early October – November. However, if you miss this window don’t worry as you can book in later in winter.
If you don’t fall into the categories above, you can visit your local pharmacy to have the vaccine, usually for a small fee.