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Influenza Vaccination Season 2017 > ivy.gs/flu

Information on flu clinics

Check eligibility for a flu jab

Advice on flu and
flu-like illness


All eligible patients are invited to come to our flu clinic as above. No need to book. Check eligibility below if you're not sure you qualify. If you've missed flu clinic, just call us, drop in at the reception desk, or ask your doctor or nurse during your consultation.



Every single flu jab you have elsewhere means loss of funding for your GP practice. Please support your local surgery by having your flu jab with us.

We are fast approaching the winter season and in line with guidance from the Department of Health, we strongly recommend any eligible patient attend the surgery on one of our clinic dates to get a free flu jab on the NHS.

How to get your flu jab

Important information

Eligible groups - you can have the flu jab if you are in these groups

Long term lung conditions ► More info

  • Asthmatics who take regular inhaled or oral steroids or who have had hospital admissions for asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung fibrosis
  • Pneumoconiosis (Dust)

Long term heart or circulation conditions ► More info

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack, angina and other ischaemic heart disease
  • Peripheral vascular (circulation) disease
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy

Long term kidney conditions ► More info

  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney impairment
  • Kidney transplant

Long term liver conditions ► More info

  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver transplant

Long term neurological (brain/nerve) conditions ► More info

  • Stroke
  • TIA ('mini-stroke')
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Dementia
  • Spinal disease or paralysis affecting lung function
  • Myaesthenia

Endocrine (hormonal) conditions ► More info

  • Diabetic patients on diet only, oral drugs or injections
  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • Addison's disease (lack of natural body steroids)

Reduced immunity due to medical conditions or drugs ► More info

  • No spleen (e.g. due to injury or illness)
  • On long term steroids
  • On cytotoxic or immunity suppressing drugs, e.g., rheumatoid arthritis injections
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Coeliac disease (wheat intolerance)
  • Systemic lupus
  • Certain blood disorders and blood cancers

Pregnant women ► More info

  • All pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy - studies on flu jabs in pregnancy have shown that flu jabs can be administered safely and effectively at any stage of pregnancy

Age or circumstance ► More info

  • Anybody aged 65 years and over, including those becoming 65 by March 31st 2018
  • Patients in long stay residential care homes
  • Carers who are in receipt of a carer's allowance, main carers, or those carers who regularly look after a person whose welfare would be at risk if they (the carer) become ill
  • Morbidly obese patients, i.e., BMI of 40 or above
  • Consideration will be given to vaccinating those who are in the same household as someone with a severely suppressed immune system - cases will be considered individually and vaccination is not guaranteed
  • Children aged 2 to 3 years (date of birth between September 1st 2013 and August 31st 2015) - download an information leaflet This is a PDF download

The following groups are considered NOT eligible for a flu jab at the surgery

Professional carers ► More info

  • Professional carers, health or social care workers who are otherwise not in any of the above eligible groups should contact their employer (or their occupational health department) who will have their own arrangements for administering flu jabs to their workers

Previous conditions with full recovery or which are now stable ► More info

  • Patients who have previously had chest infections with no residual long term problems are not at any more risk of respiratory complications from developing flu than that of the general population
  • Patients who have previously had treatment for cancer and are now either recovered or stable with no active ongoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment

Babies under 6 months of age ► More info

  • Flu jabs are not recommended in children in this age group even in the presence of eligible conditions

Children who are going to be vaccinated at school ► More info

  • Children in school years reception, 1, 2, 3 and 4 (date of birth between September 1st 2008 and August 31st 2013) will be invited separately and vaccinated at school - download an information leaflet This is a PDF download

Non-eligible patients wishing the flu jab privately ► More info

  • Unfortunately current regulations mean that we cannot offer flu jabs to any of our own patients privately
Department of Health guidance forms the main basis for the eligibility criteria shown above. Criteria are subject to change according to latest medical guidance and eligibility for flu jabs is at the discretion of the doctor based on his or her clinical judgement.
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