Flu 2018/2019 - Information for Hereford Medical Group Patients
There will be regular flu clinics with both bookable and walk-in appointments for Hereford Medical Group patients.
If you are eligible for the flu vaccination, please ring the practice to book an appointment. Alternatively, appointments can be booked online using patient access.
There are two different flu vaccines available for adults for the 2018/2019 flu season. Which vaccine should be given depends on the age of the patient:
Patients aged 65 and over will receive the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine
The quadrivalent vaccine will be offered to 18-64 year olds who are at risk because they are pregnant, have a long term condition, or are a carer.
Hereford Medical Group now has clinics available for patients aged 65 and over to book into for their flu jabs.
Appointments are bookable online via Patient Access – please do not book into the over 65 clinics if you are under 65 as we will not be able to vaccinate you. Alternatively, please contact the practice to book an appointment.
We will keep our patients updated on all future flu clinics.
Finally, if you do not want to have the flu vaccination this year, then we would be grateful if you could let us know to ensure that we don’t continue to invite you.
Patient Access allows patients to book appointments online. Hereford Medical Group flu clinics will be available to book online. Please ensure you book into the correct clinics. For example, if you are under 65 and book into an over 65 clinic we will not be able to see you.
If you haven't registered for Patient Access and would like to, please visit any of our sites and one of our friendly reception team will be able to help you. You will need to bring two forms of ID with you.
Facts about the flu immunisation - Why do we suggest patients have the flu jab?
Most people recover from influenza within a few days. However, influenza may be serious in -
people aged over 65 years
people of any age with existing chronic diseases
High-risk conditions include: people with cardiac, respiratory, renal and liver disease and those with impaired immune systems.
Flu is not just a bad cold, it can be a serious illness especially in older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.
· It is estimated that in England alone an average of 8,000 people die from flu each year.
· The flu vaccine is the best way to protect people against flu.
· Anyone can get flu and pass it on to vulnerable groups, even with no symptoms. 77% of people with flu have no symptoms so you could be spreading the disease to your family, friends and colleagues without even knowing it.
· The virus can live outside of the body for up to 24 hours so practicing good personal hygiene is very important.
· The earlier you get vaccinated the better! It can take 10 – 14 days for your immune system to respond to the vaccine.
· By getting your flu vaccination you will be not only be helping protect yourself but also those around you, including your family, friends and other people who may not be able to have the vaccine due medical reasons.
· The flu jab doesn’t give you flu as it doesn’t contain any live viruses. Side effects are mild and it also has an excellent safety record.
· Visit the NHS website and check whether you’re eligible to receive the vaccine free on the NHS, if you are unsure contact your GP Practice. Almost everybody can have the vaccine, but you should not be vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergy to the vaccine, or any of its ingredients. If you are allergic to eggs or have a condition that weakens your immune system, you may not be able to have certain types of flu vaccine – check with your GP. If you have a fever, the vaccination may be delayed until you are better.