Our vaccines will be delivered in batches and we will continue to prioritise our most ‘at risk’ patients to attend. Currently we have a limited supply of vaccines suitable for patients aged over 65s only. Vaccines suitable for our 18-64 yr old ‘At Risk’ patients are expected mid Oct. See below for dates at both Ambleside and Hawkshead sites.
Please keep checking for appointment dates below as we will add them regularly. This is dependant on staff availability and vaccine delivery
Please wear suitable clothing that makes uncovering your arm quick and easy, in readiness for the GP or Nurse to vaccinate to save time.
Our Adult flu clinics will be held on:
- Sat 2nd Oct – morning – Ambleside
- Tue 5th Oct – afternoon – Hawkshead
Our Child Flu clinics will be held on:
- Fri 1st Oct – morning – Ambleside
Our Flu appointments are available to book via Online Services. Please check the information below or contact the surgery if you are not sure if you are eligible. Please use either Patient Access, or sign up for the NHS app preparation so that you can book without needing to ring first, if you are eligible.
Once you have your appointment confirmed, the vaccination will be reserved for you so it is important that you attend unless you are unwell on the day. If you no longer need the appointment for any reason, please let us know.
Having your flu jab is still very important especially if you are over 50 or have an illness or condition that increase your risk of complications.
Are you eligible?
Those eligible for NHS influenza vaccination in 2021 to 2022 are:
- all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021
- those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
- pregnant women
- those aged 50 years and over
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- frontline health and social care staff employed by:
- a registered residential care or nursing home
- registered domiciliary care provider
- a voluntary managed hospice provider
- Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants.
All frontline health and social care workers are expected to have influenza vaccination to protect those they care for.
If you have a long-term health condition that puts you more at risk from flu, you are in one of the priority groups below and should not delay getting the vaccine.
You should have the flu vaccine if you:
- have a chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- have a chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- have chronic kidney disease
- have diabetes
- have a chronic neurological condition, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- have a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- have problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
- have a chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- are seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- 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. Read more about the flu vaccine for carers on the Carers UK website.
- 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
Flu vaccine for children
We are contacting parents to invite children over the next couple of weeks.
The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
- children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
- children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2021 (that is, born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019)
- children in primary school – These will be arranged by School nursing team
- children in year 7 (secondary school)
Children aged between 6 months and 2 years who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.
Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the nasal spray flu vaccine.