Flu Vaccine’s 2021

FLU JABS AND COVID-19 BOOSTERS

We are now administering Flu and COVID-19 booster vaccines. Please call the surgery to book in for your vaccines now.

Our Clinics

Flu Vaccines

– Saturday 16th October at Stoke Prior Surgery

COVID-19 Boosters

– Wednesday 13th October at BHI Parkside

– Saturday 16th October at Stoke Prior Surgery

 

Please note. You must have had your second COVID-19 vaccine at least six months prior to getting the booster.

 

About the Flu vaccine

The flu vaccine is offered every year on the NHS to certain groups who might be at risk of catching the flu. The flu vaccine causes antibodies to develop two weeks after vaccination and provide protection against circulating influenza viruses. It is especially important this year to have your flu vaccines as more people are likely to contract the flu over the winter due not having built a natural immunity to it because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because if you are to contract the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, you could become seriously ill.

Who can have the Flu vaccine?

The Flu vaccine is offered for free on the NHS to people aged over 50, people who have certain health conditions or are pregnant, people who are living in long term residential care, primary carers of elderly or disabled people who are at risk, people who live with someone who is more likely to get an infection, and front line or social care workers.

About the COVID-19 booster vaccine

The COVID-19 booster vaccine is a follow up to your first two COVID vaccines that helps improve the protection given by the first two vaccines. This provides you with longer term protection against getting more seriously ill from COVID-19.

Who can have the COVID-19 booster?

The COVID-19 booster vaccines are being offered free on the NHS to people who are over the age of 50, people who live and work in care homes, front line workers and social care workers, people aged 16 and over

who have an underlying health condition that could put them at risk of COVID-19, carers aged 16 and over, people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more prone to infections.

About the children’s flu vaccine

The children’s nasal spray flu vaccine, offered every year, is a safe and effective method of protecting children against the flu. The flu can be particularly unpleasant for children and can lead to other serious illnesses such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Children catch and spread the flu incredibly easily so getting them safely vaccinated will not only protect them, but will also protect others from catching it.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I get the flu jab?

The flu jab can be administered at pharmacies that are offering the service, midwives if you are pregnant, and can also be done through hospital appointment.

I have a long-term condition. Can I get the flu vaccine?

Flu vaccines are offered free on the NHS to people with serious long term conditions such as respiratory conditions, heart conditions, a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above, liver disease, neurological conditions, learning disabilities, problems with spleen, a weakened immune system or taking medication. You can find more information about which long term conditions will be offered the vaccine on the official NHS website.

I am pregnant. Is it safe for me to have the flu vaccine?

Yes. Having the flu vaccine when pregnant will protect both you and your baby. It is safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.

Who should not have the flu vaccine?

You should avoid the flu vaccine if you have had a serious allergic reaction to it in the past. Some flu vaccines are made using egg, so if you know you have an allergy towards egg you can ask your GP or pharmacy for a low-egg or egg-free vaccine. If you are ill with a high temperature of fever, it’s better to wait until you’re better before having the vaccine.

Are there any side effects of the flu vaccine?

Flu vaccines are mostly safe but can present mild side effects that can last for a day or so, these include a slightly raised temperature, muscles aches, and a sore arm where the needle went in. The latter is more likely to happen to people over the age of 65. To reduce these symptoms you can consistently keep your arm moving, or take pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Some people, including those who are pregnant, should not take ibuprofen unless recommended to do so by a Doctor.

What if I have an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine?

It is very rare to have a serious allergic reaction to the flu vaccine, but if it does happen, generally, it happens within minutes, so the person who vaccinates you will be trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

Please contact Davenal House Surgery to book in for your vaccines or if you have any queries at all.