It's Flu Season so make sure you get protected. The Tredegar Practice will begin giving flu vaccinations from Monday 25th September.
How do I get my flu vaccine at the practice?
Call us on 020 8980 1822 and we will book you an appointment for the flu vaccine. If you already have an appointment for something else then you don't need to book a separate flu vaccine appointment as the doctor or nurse will do it at the same time. Just make sure you remind them! However don't put off getting the jab if the appointment isn't soon.
Can I go elsewhere?
If you are 18 or over you can also get your flu vaccine at many local chemists for free (as long as you are eligible). Many offer this as a walk-in service but we recommend you check with the individual chemist first. The chemist will let us know when you have had it and we will update your record.
Who should have a flu vaccine?
You are eligible to receive a free flu vaccine if you:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- children over the age of six months with a long-term health condition
- children aged two and three on 31 August 2017 – that is, born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2015
- children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four (these are provided at school - not by the practice)
Front line health and social care staff are also eligible for a flu vaccine but this is the responsibility of their employer to arrange and pay for so are not available at the practice.
More information can be found on the NHS CHoices website here.
Are there different kinds of vaccine?
Yes, two. 1. An injection is offered to those aged 18 and above. 2. A nasal spray is offered to those under 18.
Why do I keep getting text reminders when I have had my vaccine already?
There is a small delay from when you have your vaccine and us being informed which may mean a text message is sent after you have already had your jab. We apologise for any annoyance this causes. If you get a message despite having had your vaccine more than 1 week ago please contact us as something has gone wrong.
What if I don't want a flu jab?
Whilst we strongly recommend that people get the flu vaccine it is your decision. If you choose not to have it then please just let us know as soon as possible so that we can focus on those that do want it.
Can I still enter the Flu Poster Competiton?
Yes you can - see here for more details
More information is available on the NHS Choices website here.