Flu Vaccinations

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • Or you are any age and fall into one or more of the below categories:
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
    • being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
  • eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2019 – that is, children born between September 1 2015 and August 31 2017 – vaccine not available from NHS supplies until late October 2019
  • Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2019. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice – vaccine not available from NHS supplies until late October 2019
  • Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. If your child’s school does not offer the vaccine or your child misses the vaccine given at their school you will need to contact Vale Drive Health Centre and book an appointment for the vaccine. Unfortunately the practice does not have enough vaccines to cover this cohort of children.

Please note the nasal influenza spray vaccine will not be available in the practice until late October, please do not attend any weekend walk-in clinics until November 2019

If you are eligible there will be a number of ways to get your flu vaccine.

  • 1. During the Millway Practice Supporters Group (MPSG) will be holding a Health Fair on the first floor of Millway Medical Practice on Thursday 26th September 2019 from 3.00pm until 6.00pm where our team are available for flu vaccines and general health checks which will be followed by the MPSG’s annual AGM. You will be able to walk in, no appointment needed. Click here to see more about our special event.
  • 2. During our walk-in clinics. This year we are asking patients to attend the walk-in clinics in groups based on the first initial of their surname. This way we hope to avoid the majority of patients coming on one date and therefore minimise queues and allow you to get your vaccine as quickly as possible. We do not need you to confirm your plan to attend.
    • Walk in sessions for first surname initial A – G will be during the following weekend:
      • Saturday 28th September 2019 09:00 to 12:00
    • Walk in sessions for first surname initial H – 0 will be on the following dates:
      • Saturday 5th October 2019 09:00 to 12:00
      • Sunday 6th October 2019 09:00 to 12:00
    • Walk in sessions for first surname initial P – Z will be during the following weekend:
      • Saturday 19th October 2019 09:00 to 12:00
      • Sunday 20th October 2019 09:00 to 12:00
  • 3. Catch up walk in flu clinics for all ages except children in reception and school years 1 to 5:
    • Saturday 2nd November 2019 09:00 to 12:00
    • Sunday 3rd November 2019 09:00 to 12:00
    • Saturday 16th November 2019 09:00 to 12:00
  • 4. Booked appointments with our Health Care Assistants during weekdays which can be booked online look for flu vaccine slots or via our receptionists in person or on the telephone on 0208 959 0888

If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

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