Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation

Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?

Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Please phone the surgery  to make an appointment if the above applies to you.

Flu Eligibility

The below groups will be eligible for a flu vaccine from 1 September 2023:

  • those aged 65 years and over
  • those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (as defined by the Green Book, chapter 19 (Influenza))
  • pregnant women
  • all children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023
  • primary school aged children (from Reception to Year 6)
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • frontline workers in a social care setting without an employer led occupational health scheme including those working for a registered residential care or nursing home, registered domiciliary care providers, voluntary managed hospice providers and those that are employed by those who receive direct payments (personal budgets) or Personal Health budgets, such as Personal Assistants

Eligible school aged children (including those in clinical risk groups) will be offered immunisation by the school age immunisation service. However, general practices will invite eligible school aged children in clinical risk groups for flu vaccination to ensure that they can access a vaccine before flu starts to circulate.

For enquiries relating to school age children (not in a clinical risk group), please contact the School Immunisation Service – 0300 123 5205.

We aim to co-administer covid and flu vaccines, for those who are eligible for both.  We will also be offering flu only clinics to those eligible or those who have chosen to only have the flu vaccine.  You will receive a text with a self-book link to book your appointment with the surgery.  For those who are not able to book in this way, you will be contacted separately.

Visits will be arranged for our housebound patients, in due course.