Dr O Z Qureshi’s Surgery

Taylors Avenue Medical Centre
146 Taylors Avenue
DN35 0LN
Tel: 01472 572400
Email: nel.b81642@nhs.net

Flu Vaccination

This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:

- Adults 65 and over
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- Pregnant women
- People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- Children in primary school
- Children in year 7 (secondary school)
- Frontline health or social care workers

Some of these groups are more at risk of developing potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection).

Others are more at risk of passing flu on to vulnerable people should they catch the virus.

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Later in the year, we expect to be able to offer the flu vaccine to healthy people aged 50 to 64. However, people of this age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.

If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited to your practice earlier and you should not delay having your flu vaccine.

Before having influenza vaccine

Before you/your child are given influenza vaccine, make sure your clinician knows:

  • If you/they have been unwell recently, or if you/they have a high temperature.
  • If you/they have previously had an allergic reaction to a flu jab or to any other medicine.
  • If you/they have a severe allergy to eggs.
  • NASAL SPRAY ONLY- If your child has an allergy to gelatine/unable to have products with gelatine present.
  • If you/they have a weakened immune system. This may be a result of an illness or taking medicines.
  • If the vaccine is for a child who has close contact with someone who has a poorly working immune system.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Even if you are otherwise healthy it is recommended that all pregnant women receive the flu jab.
  • If you have a condition that makes you bleed more than is normal, such as haemophilia.
  • If you/they are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you/they are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, as well as herbal and complementary medicines.

If you/your child have a high temperature or if you/they are acutely unwell at the time of the scheduled immunisation, your doctor or nurse may recommend delaying giving the vaccine. A minor illness (such as a cough, cold or snuffles) will not interfere with the vaccine. If a delay is advised, you will be given an alternative appointment for the vaccination to be given.