Flu and Flu Vaccinations

Seasonal flu clinics will be held  annually. Each year we give nearly 2000 vaccinations.

Our major flu clinics have finished but we continue to offer vaccines opportunitisically, and we also have a few short clinics running in December, so please enquire for details. 

Nasal Flu is also available for children ages 2 -5 years of age.


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 through our automated telephone system. 

Frequently asked questions  

 

National Flu, Pneumococcal and Shingles Vaccination Programme FAQ’s. 2016

 

QUESTION: What vaccinations am I eligible for?

 

 Flu 

 

Eligible groups

Further details

All children aged 2, 3 and 4 years old

Born on 1nd September 2011 up to 31st August 2014.

All patients aged 65 years and over.

Born on or before 31st March 1951.

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 for an NHS vaccine - this is a change for 2014 

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

5 year rolling programme for 70 – 79 years old.

From 1st September 2014, vaccine will be offered to all patients who are aged 70 or 78 years on 2nd September 2016. For those aged 71-73 and 79 and haven’t had shingles vaccine so far, you are still eligible.

 

 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?

 

Some children are eligible. These are mainly children at risk, such as those with Asthma. If your child is eligible for a flu vaccine you will receive a letter from us advising you of this. For 2 - 5 year old eligibility, dates of birth need to be between 2/09/2011 and 31/8/2014. We are offering separate clinics for children. The 2 -5 year old vaccine is through a nasal spray. For older children, who are in our 'at risk' groups this is through a nasal spray or an injection as per our guidance.

 

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. You do not need a flu vaccine after you have delivered your baby.

 

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

 

Yes, but as a private service. Many larger pharmacies offer the vaccine for around £10 -£15,