Flu vaccination is safe and effective. It’s offered every year through the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.
Why flu vaccination is important
Flu vaccination is important because, while flu is unpleasant for most people, it can be dangerous and even life threatening for some people, particularly those with certain health conditions.
The best time to have your flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading. But you can get your vaccine later.
Who can have the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to adults who:
- are 65 and over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
- have certain health conditions
- 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 is more likely to get a severe infection due to a weakened immune system, such as someone living with HIV, someone who has had a transplant, or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
How to get the flu vaccine
If you’re eligible for an NHS flu vaccine, you will be contacted by the Surgery
Most patients will receive an SMS message with a booking link to choose your appointment slot. We hold clinics at both Market Surgery, and at Montgomery Hall – the appointment you book will indicate the location of the clinic/appointment.
If you receive an SMS but have trouble using the booking link (for example it is not supported by your phone) then please contact the Surgery on 01709 870150 after 11am and we will book an appointment slot for you
Patients without mobile phones will be sent a letter informing them of their eligibility and asking them to call the Surgery to book an appointment
Patients resident in Care Homes or that are Housebound will be visited by our nursing teams in due course