Please support your local surgery and get your vaccination at one of our clinics!
Influenza and winter infection may not be your main concern at this time of year or in this incredible weather; but we are already planning our campaign for flu prevention for the forthcoming winter season as we are so aware that prevention is better than cure.
If you are in one of the eligible risk categories (listed below), we would highly recommend that you book in for your immunisation with us. We can then document straight away in your medical records that you are protected.
All our clinics are staffed by the practice team you already know and trust: our nurses and doctors who may have been treating you for ongoing health conditions will be there to provide you with flu immunisation and relevant advice.
All clinics are held at Century Hall Bishop Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4TB (to get there, head out of Cheltenham on the Shurdington Road, turn 1st right after the Bell Inn and then 2nd left). There is ample free parking on site and a team of receptionists on site ready to assist you.
Our clinic appointments are all bookable online. If you do not already have access to online appointments, perhaps you might want to consider this? Please ask any of our receptionists if you would like to have this option.
The Flu clinic dates and times for ages Over 65:
We have arranged another OVER 65 flu vaccination clinic, to be held at the Leckhampton Surgery on Saturday 26th October – please contact the surgery to book your appointment slot.
The Flu clinic dates and times for ages under 65:
Flu dates and times for Under 65’s have had to be changed following a delivery delay, all previously listed appointment times have been cancelled.
Clinics are now being held at the Surgery from Saturday 2nd Nov – we would be grateful if you could telephone the surgery to make your appointment.
Are you eligible for a free flu jab?
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions such as:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis (MS)
- 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 medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
- children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2017 – that is, born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2015
- children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Children aged between 6 months and 2 years of age who are eligible for the flu vaccine should have the flu jab.
- Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.
Front-line health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It is your employer’s responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.