We are really please to announce our flu program has now started. We will be sending text messages to all our eligible patient over the next few weeks.
Who is eligible?
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.
Should I have the flu vaccine?
it’s very important that people who are at increased risk from flu have their free vaccination every year.
How do I book an appointment?
This year our booking progress will be slightly different. All eligible patients will be sent a link from us which is similar to how the National booking service worked for the COVID vaccination campaign. Please see below example.
NHS no-response. You can now book your flu vaccination. Use this link to book into a slot of your choice. Pathfields Medical Group https://systmonline.tpp-uk.com/2/BookAppointmentLogin?id=1c5c4500_pTgktDzddk_0a27dc00_0
This link is only valid for 7 days.
All you will need to do is pop in you date of birth, to verify we have the correct patient and this will allow you to book your appointment that is convenient for you without having to contact the practice. This will then free up our phone lines to prioritise patients that medical assistance for that day.
With high demand for the flu vaccination this year we do encourage you to book as soon as possible, even if this isn’t at your preferred surgery. The booking link will only last for 7 days.
If you don’t have the facility to use the booking link, do not worry you will be able to call the surgery to book in. Those patients without a mobile number will receive a phone call from our flu team to get an appointment booked.
Clinics are now open for booking. We will be holding clinics from the following sites:
- Plympton Health Centre – 25th September 21
- Laira Surgery – 27th September 21
- Armarda Surgery – 29th September 21
- Crownhill Surgery – 29th September 21
How effective is the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine gives the best protection against flu. Flu vaccines help protect against the main types of flu viruses, although there’s still a chance you might get flu. If you do get flu after vaccination, it’s likely to be milder and not last as long. Having the flu vaccine will also stop you spreading flu to other people who may be more at risk of serious problems from flu. It can take 10 to 14 days for the flu vaccine to work.
Flu vaccine ingredients
There are several types of injected flu vaccine. None of them contain live viruses so they cannot give you flu.
If you’re eligible for the flu vaccine on the NHS, you’ll be offered one that’s most effective for you, depending on your age:
- adults aged 18 to 64 – there are different types, including low-egg and egg-free ones
- adults aged 65 and over – the most common one contains an extra ingredient to help your immune system make a stronger response to the vaccine
Children aged between 6 months and 2 years who have a long-term health condition are offered an approved injected flu vaccine instead of the nasal spray vaccine.
What vaccine will I receive?
|Seqirus UK Ltd||Fluad Tetra▾||aQIV (egg-grown quadrivalent Influenza vaccine), surface antigen, inactivated, adjuvanted with MF59C.1||From 65 years|
|Seqirus UK Ltd||Flucelvax® Tetra▾||QIVc (cell-grown quadrivalent Influenza vaccine), surface antigen, inactivated||Adults aged 18 – 64 y||Egg-free|