Flu Vaccinations

This page was updated on 18.10.2021

We are now able to offer flu vaccination to our eligible patients.  Check the section below to see if you are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination.

Some pharmacies have been given early access to supplies of flu vaccinations and so have already started to offer them.

We would ask all our eligible patients to support their GP practice by having their flu vaccination with us.   

 

How to book

Almost all patients who are eligible for the NHS free flu vaccination should be having a COVID booster vaccination.  That includes all patients over 50years and all patients who usually have the NHS flu vaccination because they have a chronic condition which makes them susceptible to flu.

Check here to see if you are eligible to have a COVID booster vaccination

If you come to us for the COVID booster, we will offer you the flu vaccination at the same time.  It is completely safe to have both together.  There is no need to book or let us know - we will offer you both in your COVID booster appointment. 

However COVID boosters can only be given 6months after the 2nd dose. That means some people may have to wait a while before they get their flu vaccination.  Please wait if you can.  You may get COVID booster invitations from other centres - but it is best to wait until we invite you as we can give you both vaccinations at the same time.  You will know the invitation is from us as it will say "Huntingdon Road Surgery" at the bottom.

It is important to us that you support your GP surgery be having your flu vaccination with us.  We need our patients to come to us for their flu vaccination.  The small payment we receive from the NHS each time we give a flu vaccination is an important part of our practice finances, helping us continue to provide services for our patients.  Each time patients go to a pharmacy for their flu vaccination we lose out.  The more people who do that, the more it endangers their GP practice.  Knowing that some patients are anxious about being asked to wait and to try to stop patients from going elsewhere, we have arranged a separate flu-only clinic.  This is really only for patients who do not feel able to wait for their COVID booster appointment in order to have their flu vaccination.  Please wait if you can; but if not contact us by email for an appointment for an appointment for flu-only.  Please do not go to a pharmacy, and please do not call us.

It would be a really big problem if patients all came to us twice. So please wait if you can, and only book the vaccinations separately if you can't wait.

 

 

If you have already had the COVID booster vaccination, and still need a flu vaccination, please wait for us to contact you, or email us.  Please do not go to a pharmacy for your flu vaccination, and please do not call us.

 

 

If you are not eligible for a COVID booster dose, but are eligible for an NHS flu vaccination, we will arrange it for you in the flu-only clinic.  Email us to book an appointment.  Please do not go to a pharmacy for your flu vaccination, and please do not call us.

 

Not eligible for NHS flu vaccination?

Unfortunately we are not able to give flu vaccinations to patients who are not eligible under the NHS programme.

However you are able to pay get the flu vaccination at a pharmacy.

 

Housebound patients

Cambridge Community Services (the "District Nurses") will be providing flu vaccination to all those patients who are housebound.   You do not need to do anything to trigger that, because your GP knows which patients are housebound.  We have already sent the lists to the community nursing team.

Am I eligible?

The NHS free flu vaccine is given to people who:

  • are 50years and over (including those who will be 50y by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions (see link opposite for the definition from the NHS website)
  • 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
  • are "clinically extremely vulnerable" to coronavirus (see our page on COVID vaccination for definitions) 
  • live with someone who is "clinically extremely vulnerable" to coronavirus (see our page on coronvirus vaccination for definitions)
  • frontline health or social care workers

There is a separate programme for children:

  • children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2021 – born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019
  • all primary school children (reception to year 6)
  • all year 7 in secondary school
  • children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions (see link opposite for the definition from the NHS website)

Aged 50-64y?

The NHS has extended the flu vaccination programme to include everyone over the age of 50years. 

 

Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Flu vaccination this year is particularly important because:

  • if you're at higher risk from coronavirus, you're also more at risk of problems from flu
  • if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
  • it will help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus

If you've had COVID-19, or vaccination(s) for it, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. 

It is safe to have the COVID019 vaccination and the flu vaccination together on the same day.

Flu vaccination will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.