FLU 2020/2021

We have a small number of flu vaccination appointments available on 06.01.20 . This is a mixed clinic so for all ages (including nasal for children) If you are eligible for NHS flu vaccination and are yet to have one please call surgery on 01404 548 544 to book.

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Each year the NHS prepares for the unpredictability of flu. For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week.

Further details on online services and The ‘NHS app’ can be found on our online booking page.

Flu vaccines are a vital income for GP practices and we thank you for your continued support and patience.



Eligibility for flu vaccination at Honiton Surgery:  

Aged 50 years and over.

Children 6months-2years (injection).

Children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2020 (nasal)

Children 4-17 in a clinically ‘at risk’ group (nasal)

Living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility

Aged 18-65 years in clinically ‘at risk’ group. for example chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment within the last year), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic heart disease, such as heart failure, diabetes.NHS Website - who should have flu 2020

Live in a household of someone on the Shielded Patients List for COVID-19

Pregnant women

Carers (receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill)

Health and social care staff (excluding dental staff)

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

Who is not eligible at Honiton Surgery:
The following groups cannot have a flu jab at the surgery, but may be eligible elsewhere, such as from employer or school.

Previous conditions with full recovery or which are now stable. Patients who have previously had chest infections with no residual long term problems. Patients are not at any more risk of respiratory complications from developing flu than that of the general population

Some Ashtma patients. If you have not been prescribed a preventer inhaler alongside your blue inhaler in the last year, you are not able to receive a flu vaccine for free.

Patients who have previously had treatment for cancer now either recovered or stable with no active ongoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment

Babies under 6 months of age. Flu jabs are not recommended in children in this age group even in the presence of at-risk conditions

All primary school children and year 7 of secondary school (date of birth between September 1st 2008 and August 31st 2016 inclusive) will be invited separately and vaccinated at school. Children with at-risk conditions can be vaccinated at the surgery if wished.

Non-eligible patients wishing the flu jab privately We are not permitted to offer flu jabs to any of our non-eligible patients privately. Please contact local pharmacy (private flu vaccination cost is from £8-£20

50-64years old 

Please note people in the 50-64 years old age group (that do not already fall into an ‘at risk group’) will not be vaccinated until at least November 2020. Providing there is sufficient vaccines. This is to ensure that patients whom as most at risk are vaccinated first.

Please note we CANNOT vaccinate anyone in this cohort until we receive this further guidance.

Home visit flu vaccines

All care and nursing home residents will be vaccinated by nursing staff from the care home or community nursing team. The practice will liaise with nursing and care homes to arrange this so you will not need to request this for a relative if they live in residential care.

If you are medically housebound or you have a relative who is, please contact the practice to ensure they are added to our home vaccination waiting list. Please note that housebound patients will be vaccinated towards the end of October or later. If you can bring your usually housebound relative to the practice, we will try our best to accommodate times separately from the designated flu clinics for this.

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Will the flu vaccination give me flu?

No. The vaccine does not contain any live viruses, so it cannot cause flu.

You may get a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards, and your arm may feel a bit sore where you had the injection.

Other reactions are rare, and flu vaccines have a good safety record.

For children, the nasal spray vaccine cannot cause flu because the viruses in it have been weakened to prevent this happening.


Should I get still get my flu jab if I’m feeling unwell?

If you are unwell (for example with a fever or temperature above 38.5 C), you may need to postpone your flu vaccination until you have fully recovered.If you have a minor illness without a fever, such as a cold, you should not need to postpone your flu vaccine. It is also fine to have your flu jab if you are on antibiotics.


How effective is the flu jab?

No vaccine is 100% effective, however, people who have had the flu jab are less likely to get flu. If you do get flu despite having the jab, it will probably be milder than if you haven’t been vaccinated. The flu vaccine only protects against flu, but not other illnesses caused by other viruses, such as the common cold.


How long will the flu vaccine protect me for?

The flu vaccine will provide protection for you for the upcoming flu season. People eligible for flu vaccination should have the vaccine each year.


How long does the flu vaccine take to become effective?

It takes between 10 and 14 days for your immune system to respond fully after you have had the flu vaccine.


Is there anyone who cannot have the flu vaccine?

Yes. You should not have the flu vaccine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a flu vaccine or one of its ingredients. This happens very rarely.

You also need to take precautions if you have an egg allergy.


What are side effects to the Flu vaccine?

Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.

Side effects of the nasal spray vaccine may commonly include a runny or blocked nose, headache, tiredness and some loss of appetite.                                                                                                                 

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