Flu and Flu Vaccinations

Last year we administered around 2200 vaccines, 2000 of these to adults and 200 to children. General Practices are paid an administration fee per vaccine for eligible patients and this is an important way for us to help supplement our income and in turn improve services. Having your flu at your GP practice also means that you have the reassurance of a GP being on site and your vaccine being detailed on your GP record.


Appointments are reserved over 65’s and any other patients that have been invited to make an appointment, inlcuding those with clinical risk, such as heart problems or diabetes.

 Contact reception to enquire or book.

We will be offering some Saturday clinics as well as clinics throughout the week. We can also give you your flu vaccine if you are here for another reason, it only takes one to two minutes and all our clinical staff are trained to give it. Flu deliveries are slightly later this year, this is a national change due to the make up of the vaccine changing. Our first flu clinic is 29th September and we will be goving the vaccines throughout the Autumn and Winter.

Children and adults in at risk groups will receive letter invites. Adults over 65 do not receive letter invite purely due to the numbers (1800). All adults over 65 are eligible.  

Our children aged 2 and 3 and children at risk, will be offered a nasal flu vaccine. This is in a designated clinic with the practice nurses. 

Frequently asked questions  

National Flu, Pneumococcal and Shingles Vaccination Programme FAQ’s. 2018

QUESTION: What vaccinations am I eligible for?

Flu 

Eligible groups

Further details

All children aged 2 up to 9 years old.

Born on 2nd September 2016 up to 1st September 2009.

All patients aged 65 years and over.

Born on or before 31st March 1953

Pregnant women

At any stage of pregnancy.

Chronic Respiratory Disease aged 6 months and over.

Asthma – only if requiring continuous or repeated use of inhaled or oral steroids or with a history of previous hospital admission with acute asthma.

MOST asthmatics are no longer eligible

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Children who have a history of hospital admission for lower respiratory tract disease.

Chronic Heart Disease aged 6 months and over.

Congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac complications, heart failure, anyone requiring regular medication for ischaemic heart disease.

Chronic Kidney Disease aged 6 months and over.

Stages 3, 4 or 5, kidney failure, dialysis or transplantation, nephrotic syndrome.

Chronic Liver Disease aged 6 months and over.

Cirrhosis, biliary atresia, chronic hepatitis.

Chronic Neurological Disease aged 6 months and over.

Strokes, TIA’s (mini strokes), polio.

 

Diabetes aged 6 months and over.

All Type 1 and 2 diabetes, regardless of treatment.

Immunosuppression aged 6 months and over.

Due to treatment or disease, including chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, HIV infection, multiple myeloma. Doctors will make decisions on individual patients who have some immunosuppression.

Patients treated with high dose oral steroids for more than a month.

No Spleen or Dysfunction of Spleen.

Includes sickle cell disease.

Carers.

Those who get a carer’s allowance or main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare is at risk if the carer is unwell.

People in long term residential or nursing homes.

Does not include prisons, young offender’s institutions or university halls of residence.

Health and Social Care Staff.

Workers in direct contact with patients or service users should be vaccinated by their employer.

Pneumococcal

Eligible groups

Further details

All patients aged 65 years and over.

All year round programme for patients 65 years and over.

Chronic Respiratory Disease 2 years and over.

COPD.

Asthma, but only if severe needing continuous/repeated use of oral steroids.

Bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, lung fibrosis, children with cerebral palsy.

Chronic Heart Disease aged 2 years and over.

Congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac complications, heart failure, anyone requiring regular medication for ischaemic heart disease.

Chronic Kidney Disease aged 2 years and over.

Stage 4 and 5, kidney failure, dialysis or transplantation, nephrotic syndrome.

Chronic Liver Disease aged 2 years and over.

Cirrhosis, biliary atresia, chronic hepatitis.

Diabetes aged 2 years and over.

Not diet controlled diabetes.

Immunosuppression aged 2 years and over.

Due to treatment or disease, including chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, HIV infection, multiple myeloma. Doctors will make decisions on individual patients who have some immunosuppression.

Patients treated with high dose oral steroids for more than a month.

No Spleen or Dysfunction of Spleen.

Includes sickle cell disease.

Cochlear Implants

It is important the immunisation does not delay the cochlear implantation.

Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks

Includes leaks following trauma or major skull surgery.

Shingles

Eligible groups

Further details

A rolling programme for 70 – 79 years old.

From 1st September 2018, vaccine will be offered to all patients who are aged 70,71,72,73,74,75 then eligible on 78th birthday

 QUESTION: I’m not in any of these groups listed above, so can I still get the vaccine?

ANSWER:

Flu – Yes, but only privately. It is available at most pharmacies costing around £10 - £20 (supermarket pharmacies are often cheaper.) Lloyds Pharmacy at Carlton Court in the centre of Westbury on Trym village is the closest pharmacy offering this service. 

Pneumococcal and Shingles – No because if you are not in the groups listed, then it is not advisable to have. 

QUESTION: I am eligible so when/where can I get vaccinated?

ANSWER:

Pneumococcal

-          For those eligible patients attending the flu clinics, the pneumococcal will be offered at the same time

-          Appointments can be booked with the treatment room nurses any time of the year.

Shingles

-          Eligible patients will be offered appointments with the treatment room nurses

QUESTION: How often should I be vaccinated?

ANSWER:

Flu – annually

Pneumococcal – once in a lifetime vaccination, unless you have no spleen, dysfunctional spleen or chronic kidney disease as per the eligibility criteria where it needs to be reinforced every 5 years.

Shingles – current guidance is a once in a lifetime vaccination.

If I can't attend the flu clinics can I still get my vaccine?

We aim to complete 75% of our vaccinations in these clinics. Patients who can't attend or who need support, or who require more time can be booked to see one of our nurses at another time during the winter. We will also aim to give you your flu vaccine at a routine appointment if you have not yet had it and visit us for another reason. 

Can children have the vaccine?

Since September 2015 the children's flu vaccine has been offered as a yearly nasal spray free to eligible children

This year, the Bristol Community Health team will be providing flu immunisations to school aged children (aged 4-10) if you miss your childs vaccine in school please contact the school as we are not funded to give these in the GP Practice.

All children aged two and three years old on 31 August 2018 should be offered flu vaccination via their GP surgery

Can I have a vaccination if I am under 65?

Our patients under 65 and deemed at risk (for example with Diabetes, Heart Disease, compromised immune system, and Asthma) will be able to have a free flu vaccine. We wrote to all our eligible at risk patients under 65 at the end of September inviting them to make an appointment.

I'm pregnant should I have it?

Pregnant ladies are encouraged to have the flu vaccine throughout the year, the patient can choose to have it if they wish and can discuss it with their midwife. This vaccine can be given at anytime during the pregnancy.

Can I have the vaccine if I'm not eligible?

Many larger pharmacies offer the vaccine for around £10 -£15.