Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccinations are normally available from October onwards.

Flu is a disease of the lungs and upper airways caused by an infection with the influenza virus. The main symptoms are a fever, general aches and pains, nausea, sore throat and cough. Most people begin to feel better within 5-8 days, but the cough and general tiredness may last 2-3 weeks.

Most healthy people have no complications but problems such as a chest infection can affect people who are elderly, or those with certain medical conditions. This can result in serious illness and can be life threatening. The following groups of people are recommended to have a yearly flu vaccine:

  • All those aged 60 and over
  • All those aged 6 months or over who are considered to be at higher risk. This includes:
    • Anyone who has a chronic condition such as a heart problem, asthma, diabetes, kidney or liver disease
    • Anyone who has a lowered immune system due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
    • Anyone who is the main carer for an elderly or disabled person

Flu Vaccinations are also available by individual request.

When booking for your flu vaccination please allow at least 48 hours notice for records to be prepared as the doctors need time to check the information. Please also inform the reception staff if you have any other issues that you would like to discuss with the doctor, as a longer appointment will be needed.