‘Flu Vaccination’ is recommended for all ages over 65, and for some chronic conditions, such as diabetes and chest problems. The Practice will draw up a list of patient who are entitled to a free flu jab and write to each of them to invite them for vaccination in October. We immunise patients in the official categories advised by the Chief Medical Officer.
We also offer vaccination against Pneumococcus which is a common cause of pneumonia and other conditions. It is recommended for the same groups who have flu jabs. It is usually a once only vaccination and we will let you know if you need it.
Are you entitled to a free flu jab?
You should have a flu jab if you are aged 65 or over, or if you have:
- a serious heart problem such as heart failure,
- a serious asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
- a long-term kidney or liver disease,
- a weakened immune system as a result of an illness such as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or AIDS or due treatment, such as chemotherapy,
- a long term resident in a residential care home.
At BPC we give thousands of vaccinations each year. To deliver this service speedily and efficiently we have introduced "Flu Wednesday/Saturday". On two Wednesday mornings we cancel all routine clinics to free up lots of clinicians to administer the jabs. Don't worry we will still have clinicians available to deal with urgent cases but request you to only ask to see a doctor on Flu Wednesday if your condition cannot wait.
In addition to these Wednesdays, we are running three Saturday mornings.
Our car park is always very busy on Flu Wednesdays so please try and use public transport or car share. Protect the environment and your health in one visit!