Flu Vaccine 2020/21
Our flu clinics are being held on Saturday mornings, Monday, Weds and Friday afternoons – we have inside and car park clinics (you stay in your car for these).
On 31/10/20 we will also be holding a drive in clinic at The Old Fire Station, Gipton. Please book these appointments via the surgery.
You can use our Econsult system to request an appointment for your Flu Vaccine, do this via the administrative help option. We will then get back to you with an appointment.
The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It’s offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications.
This page is about the flu vaccine for adults.
The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn before flu starts spreading. But you can get the vaccine later.
Flu Vaccine and Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Flu vaccination is 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, you may be more seriously ill.
- It’ll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus.
Changes have been made to make sure it’s safe for you to have the flu vaccine at GP surgeries and pharmacies. These changes include social distancing, hand washing and wearing protective equipment.
It’s important to go to your appointments unless you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.
Who Can Have the Flu Vaccine?
The flu vaccine is given to people who:
- Are 65 and over (born on or before 31 March 1956).
- Respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and bronchitis.
- Heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure.
- Being very overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above.
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis.
- Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy.
- Problems with your spleen, for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed.
- A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or taking medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy.
- 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’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list).
- Frontline health or social care workers.
Non-urgent advice: Notice
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which are eligible for the flu vaccination, for example, you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.