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/

What vaccine will I receive?

If you are booked in for a flu vaccination on and after 14th December 2020 you will be receiving the Flublok Quadrivalent Flu Vaccination. 

This medicinal product does not have a UK marketing authorisation, therefore is known as an “Off-Label” Vaccination. It has been given authorisation for temporary supply by the UK Department of Health and Social Care and the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for immunisation against influenza.  However, Flublok is licensed for use in the USA by the Food and Drug Administration.  

Flublok Quadrivalent is a vaccine for adults who are 18 years of age and older. This vaccine is indicated for active immunisation against flu (influenza).  None of the ingredients in the vaccination can cause 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:

  • all children aged 2 to 11 (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020
  • children aged between 2 and 3 on 31st August 2020,
  • all those in aged from 6 months to less than 65 years of age in a clinical risk group such as those with:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, 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
    • diabetes
    • splenic dysfunction or asplenia
    • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or
    • treatment (such as cancer treatment)
    • morbid obesity3 (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • all pregnant women, including those who become pregnant during the delivery of the influenza programme
  • household contacts of those on the NHS shielded patients list or of immunocompromised patients
  • people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
  • those in receipt of carers allowance or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza
  • health and social care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk of exposure to influenza
  • health and social care workers employed through direct payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users.

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.

I am housebound

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.

How do I book my flu appointment?

You can make an appointment via the NHS App, our Online Services, our Automated Booking Service, Patient Partner, or by calling your usual surgery. 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).

What if I cannot attend my flu appointment?

If you are unable to attend please cancel your appointment via the NHS App, our Online Services or via out Automated System, Patient Partner

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.

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

Flu vaccinations for people with a learning disability and carers

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