Flu Season at Trinity Medical Centre
With Autumn finally here, unfortunately so is the dreaded Flu bug. Flu isn’t just a nasty cold. It can be a life threatening illness especially in those with weakened immune systems or pre-existing conditions.
Make sure you take as many steps as possible to prevent you and your family getting poorly. This year we have 3 different types of vaccines available tailored to the needs of each age group:
Fluenz Tetra –
This is a Nasal Spray vaccination that is offered to eligible patients under 18. This year most primary school children will be offered the vaccination at school. All children aged 2-3 and those under 18 who are clinically at risk will also be invited to the surgery for vaccination.
Quadrivalent Vaccine –
This is an inactivated vaccination offered to eligible patients between 18 and 64. This is a quick vaccination in the upper arm.
Trivalent Vaccine (Fluad) –
This is also an inactivated vaccination which will be offered to all patients 65 and over (unless contraindicated). This is a quick vaccination in the upper arm.
Who is eligible?
Unless there is a contraindication which means you cannot have the flu vaccination, patients from the following at risk groups should make an appointment to have their flu vaccination in surgery
- Children aged 2 & 3 on 31st August 2018
- Chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD and Asthma (that has required repeated steroid use)
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease
- Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
- Pregnant women
- Patients aged 65 and over (including those turning 65 before the 31st March 2019)
- Carers (formal and informal) and household contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- Patients in long-stay residential homes or care facilities (the practice will arrange visits to these patients)
The following patients are also eligible but should have the vaccination offered to them elsewhere. Only if there are contraindications, or if the patient is in an “at-risk” group will they be able to have the vaccination in surgery;
- All children in reception class and school years 1,2,3,4 and 5 should be offered the vaccination at school
- Frontline health and social care workers with direct patient contact should be offered the flu vaccination by their employer
If you believe you are eligible for the flu vaccination but do not fall into one of these groups, please contact the surgery and you may still be able to book based on clinical decision.
How to Book…
We also have a dedication Flu Telephone Line 01924 784101 (Option 1) that allows you to speak to someone to book an appropriate flu appointment, or to answer any questions you have about the flu vaccination.
Please note; this phone line is not staffed throughout the whole surgery opening hours however you can leave a voicemail regarding Flu and someone will give you a call back as soon as possible.
If you want any more information about the flu vaccination please see the following links: