Flu FAQ

Why is it important to have my flu vaccination?

Flu is an unpredictable virus that can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own in about a week.

It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups, including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.

Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

For more information on flu, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

Is the flu vaccination safe?

You may experience a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine and your arm may be a little sore.

Side effects of the child nasal spray vaccine can commonly include a runny or blocked nose, a headache, tiredness and some loss of appetite.

It is very rare that the flu vaccines cause serious side effects.

Who is eligible for the flu vaccination?

In line with Government guidelines we will be vaccinating the following patient groups initially:

  • 65 years old or over
  • pregnant women
  • certain medical conditions- such as Asthma, COPD, Diabetes
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.*
  • people who live with someone who's at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter

For further information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

*Please note, if you are not registered as a carer with the surgery you may not be eligible for a flu vaccination. Please contact us to discuss this.

I am housebound

For those patients who are registered housebound, we will contact in due course to arrange an appointment.

50 - 64 Year olds

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

How will my flu appointment be arranged?

As per Government guidelines we have issued text messages and we are in the process of calling anyone without a mobile who have previously had a flu vaccination and our eligible this year.  If you have received this message please ensure you respond YES if you wish to receive it this year or NO if you do not wish to receive a vaccination.  Closing date for replies is 31st August 2020.   Following this information being received all patients who have said YES will be contacted in the next few weeks and given an appointment.

What if I cannot attend my flu appointment?

If you are unable to attend your flu appointment, please contact us.

Where will the flu appointments be held?

Your flu appointment will be at The Watermark Erme Court, Leonards Rd, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ.

How can I get there?

Directions from our Plympton Mudge Way Health Centre can be found here

If you are travelling westbound, please click here.

If you are travelling eastbound, please click here.

Travelling by bus?

If you need to travel by bus to the Watermark, please find the appropriate bus journey time here.

Or, plan your bus journey here.

Where can I park?

Parking is available at The Watermark:

  • Erme car park has 80 spaces and this is free for the first hour

Paid parking can be found:

  • At Leonards Road, there are 190 spaces available
  • At Glanville’s, there are 50 spaces available
  • At Harford Road, there are 26 spaces
What can I expect when I arrive for my appointment?

Please arrive as close to your 5 minute appointment time as possible, wearing a face covering. Please do not attend with another person unless they are a carer.

When you arrive you will be greeted by a member of our team who will direct you to our cleaning station to make use of our hand sanitizer.

Social distancing measures will be in place. There will be a one way system in operation and a lift will be available for use of our patients who require it.

Please wear appropriate clothing so that you are ready for your injection.