Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2021/22
The first of our Flu vaccination clinics are live and available for our eligible patients to book into by the NHS app or online services. This is the easiest way to book your flu jab. Please select ‘Book an Appointment’ and then select the option ‘Flu Clinic for Patients over 50 and Patients on a Disease Register’.
Alternatively, you can call reception on 0151 424 3101 to book your flu jab.
Those eligible for a free NHS influenza vaccination in the surgery during the 2021 – 2022 season are:
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:
- are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions (Please see below for the health conditions that qualify)
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- frontline health or social care workers
- Children born between 01/09/2017 and 31/08/2019 will receive a nasal flu vaccination administered by the practice. All other children eligible will have their vaccination administered by their school.
Non-urgent advice: IMPORTANT NOTICE
If you book a flu vaccination and do not meet the eligibility criteria for the free NHS vaccine (see above), then we will cancel your appointment. This is too ensure that the most vulnerable patients receive their influenza vaccination.
Flu vaccine for people with long-term health conditions
The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:
- respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and bronchitis
- heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure
- being very overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
- chronic kidney disease
- liver disease, such as hepatitis
- neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- problems with your spleen, for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or taking medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
Talk to your doctor if you have a long-term condition that is not in one of these groups. They should offer you the flu vaccine if they think you’re at risk of serious problems if you get flu.
Flu vaccine if you’re pregnant
You should have the flu vaccine if you’re pregnant to help protect you and your baby.
It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.