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.
For more information on flu, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/
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.
In line with Government guidelines we will be vaccinating the following patient groups initially:
If your child is in reception to year 7, complete the online consent form so you child can have the vaccine at school.
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.
All registered housebound patients who have indicated they want the flu vaccination have been referred to Livewell to receive their vaccination in due course. If you are newly housebound please contact us.
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.
You can make an appointment via the NHS App, our Online Services, our Automated Booking Service, Patient Partner, or by calling your usual surgery, after 11am. When booking your appointment please ensure you select a lot appropriate for your age as of the 31st March 2021; Over 65 Flu, Under 65 Flu, Teen Flu (aged 12-18 years).
If you are unable to attend please cancel your appointment via the NHS App, our Online Services or via out Automated System, Patient Partner
Flu clinics on the 7th, 14th,21st and 29th November will be held at The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Rd, Ivybridge, PL21 0SZ.
Other clinics will be held across our other sites, dates for these are to be confirmed.
Please note when booking your flu appointment online, flu appointments at The Watermark, Ivybridge will be available under the location tag ‘Beacon Medical Group’. If the appointment you book has the location marked as ‘Beacon Medical Group’, this appointment will be at The Watermark.
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.
Parking is available at The Watermark:
Paid parking can be found:
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.
The NHS have created two short films about the importance of the flu vaccination for people with a learning disability autistic people with certain health conditions and carers of people with a learning disability. The films covers why it is important, who is eligible for a free vaccine, where you can get the vaccine and reasonable adjustments.
View them here:
Flu vaccinations for people with a learning disability https://www.youtube.com/watchv=eZ1vDai8u5o&feature=youtu.be
Flu vaccinations for people with a learning disability (Carers) https://www.youtube.com/watchv=RZWQe21ow8&feature=youtu.be