Flu Vaccinations are normally available between mid September and the end of January each year. Both of our sites organise open days where those patients eligible to have a flu vaccination can attend without the need to book an appointment.
Open days for 2017 are:
MOSS VALLEY MEDICAL PRACTICE
GOSBER ROAD, ECKINGTON, S21 4BZ
GOSFORTH VALLEY MEDICAL PRACTICE
GORSEY BRIGG, DRONFIELD, S18 8UE
SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2017
TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2017
8:00 AM TO 12 NOON
8:00 AM TO 11:00 AM
2:00 PM TO 4:30 PM
No appointment needed - just come along.
Patients are encouraged to attend the open day at their registered branch site where possible. However, patients can attend at the other site if more convenient.
If you are unable to attend on one of the open days, please contact the practice to make alternative arrangements.
Unfortunately, we are unable to give flu vaccinations to anyone who is not eligible. If you are unsure, please call the surgery to find out.
Special Arrangements for children between the age of 2 years and under 18 years...
***** Updated 26th September 2017 *****
All children age 2 or 3 years as at 31st August 2017 are recommended to have the flu vaccination at their GP surgery.
Any child between the age of 2 year & under 18 years in an "at risk" group is recommended to have the flu vaccination.
These groups are offered a nasal spray instead of a traditional vaccination. Our stock of nasal spray has arrived at Gosforth Valley Medical Practice. Patients in the above entitlement groups may attend the open sessions at Gosforth Valley on Tuesday 3rd October.
Supplies are expected to arrive at Moss Valley in early October. We will advise Moss Valley patients of the arrangements once our stock has arrived.
Please read on to see if you should have the flu vaccination...
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- anyone aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
The injected flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS annually to:
- adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
- pregnant women
- children aged six months to two years at risk of flu
65 and overs and the flu jab
You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2017-18) if you will be aged 65 and over on March 31 2018 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1953. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2018, you do qualify.
Flu nasal spray vaccination -Children
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS as an annual nasal spray to:
- children aged two & three - delivered by your GP surgery
- children in school years reception, one, two, three & four - delivered in school
- children aged two to under 18 years at a particular risk of flu - delivered by your GP surgery
Read more about the flu nasal spray for children.
Is there anyone who shouldn't have the flu jab?
Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu jab in the past.
Read more about who shouldn't have the flu vaccine.
You can find out more by reading the answers to the most common questions that people have about the flu vaccine.