Please book a flu vaccination appointment at the surgery if you are in one of the eligible categories below. If you are unsure, please ask Reception. This year we will be having 4 Saturday flu vaccine clinics during October and from mid-late September will offer patients coming into the surgery for other treatment an opportunistic flu vaccination as soon as our vaccines are delivered.
Children aged 2 and 3 years old can have their Fluenz nasal spray vaccination at the surgery from early September, please phone Reception on tel. 01502 517346 to book an appointment for your child with Nurse Jane or Nurse Ann.
As yet we don’t know whether we will be able to co-administer Covid booster vaccinations and flu vaccinations to those patients who are eligible for both; if we are allowed to we will endeavour to do this in the same appointment. If we are not able to Lowestoft practices will organise Covid booster clinics at Kirkley Mill Health Centre. This news item will be updated when we know.
Those eligible for NHS influenza vaccination in 2021 to 2022 are:
- all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021 (children aged 2 and 3 in the surgery, older children will be vaccinated at school; at risk children can be vaccinated at the surgery)
- those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups*
- pregnant women
- those aged 50 years and over
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- frontline health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care or nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, a voluntary managed hospice provider, Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants.
*clinical risk group such as those with:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma (requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)