It’s not too late to get a flu jab
We would like to remind patients that there is still time to get a flu jab this winter.
While it may feel like the worst of winter has passed, flu is still circulating, and infections are at a two-year high.
A vaccination doesn’t totally rule out the chances of getting flu, but it does make catching it less likely, and less serious if you do.
Who can get a flu jab?
Adults can get a free NHS flu jab if you:
- are 50 and over (including those who will be 50 by 31 March 2023).
- have certain health conditions.
- 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 a severe infection due to a weakened immune system, such as someone living with HIV, someone who has had a transplant, or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis.
A nasal spray flu vaccine is available for children in the following groups:
- children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2022 (born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2020).
- all primary school children (Reception to Year 6).
- secondary school children (Years 7 to 9).
- children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions.
Booking an appointment
There are two ways you can book your flu appointment.
A new service launched this winter allows eligible people to book a free jab at a local pharmacy.
You can check your eligibility and book an appointment through the Vaccinations section of the NHS website.
You can also use the same service to change or cancel an appointment.
Alternatively, you can contact the practice by phone, and we can arrange an appointment time for you.
You can call us on 0191 285 1119 between 8.00am until 6.30pm Monday to Friday, with late opening until 7.30pm on Monday and Wednesday.
Please be aware phone lines may be busy, especially in the earlier part of the day, so please bear that in mind or book online if you can.