Seasonal Flu Campaign 2023-2024
Pathfields Medical Group – Seasonal Flu Campaign 2023-24
We are really pleased to announce our flu program has now started. Invites are being sent to our eligible patient currently.
Who is eligible?
Eligible groups for the 2023 to 2024 season are:
- aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2023
- eligible school aged children (Reception to Year 11)
- those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
- pregnant women
- all those aged 65 years and over
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- carers, those in receipt of carer’s allowance or main carer of an older or disabled person
- household contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- frontline health and social care staff
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?
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. We have a dedicated flu booking option on the telephone line for this.
Clinics are now open for booking.
When are the clinics?
We will be holding adult flu clinics from the following sites:
Saturday 30th September – Plympton Health Centre
Saturday 7th October – Laira Surgery
Tuesday 10th October – Beaumont Villa Surgery
Wednesday 11th October – Armada Surgery
Friday 13th October – Crownhill Surgery
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?
Adult Flu Vaccines available at Pathfields Medical Group:
QIVc – Cell-based Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (inactivated)
This is for all at risk patients aged 18-64.
aQIV – Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (inactivated)
This is for all patients aged 65 and over.
Flu vaccine side effects
Flu vaccines are very safe. All adult flu vaccines are given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm.
Most side effects are mild and only last for a day or so, such as:
- a slightly raised temperature
- muscle aches
- sore arm where the needle went in – this is more likely to happen with one of the vaccines for people aged 65 and over
Try these tips to help reduce the discomfort:
- continue to move your arm regularly
- take a painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – some people, including those who are pregnant, should not take ibuprofen unless a doctor recommends it