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Flu Vaccination

We have received our supply of flu vaccine for the 2015/16 season and are vaccinating now with a 'drop in' service. This season we will be offering a FREE flu injection to eligible adults from mid September, depending on NHS approval.

For the last few seasons we have offered a very well received ‘drop in’ service with very short waiting times, and aim to offer that same service this season.

This year we will be providing a private flu vaccination service for those who are not eligible for our free NHS service. This service will cost £10 and is available to those aged 12 years and above.

Please check the blog section of our site where we will update our vaccine availability at regular intervals.

Who should receive the flu jab

The injected flu vaccine is offered FREE of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions (see below)
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance

Pregnant women and the flu jab

If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached. That's because there's strong evidence to suggest that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.

If you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because it:

  • reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
  • reduces your risk of having a miscarriage or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight, due to flu
  • will help protect your baby because they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life

It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy, from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn't carry any risks for you or your baby. Talk to your GP or midwife if you are unsure about the vaccination.

Flu jab for people with medical conditions

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses: