Flu Vaccinations

This year, Winter Vaccinations at your local GP are more important than ever.

Lion Health Flu Week 2020

Free to all eligible patients, including:

  • All patients aged over 65
  • Patients currently pregnant
  • Patients with long term conditions (for example; diabetes, respiratory and heart conditions)

Vaccinations for the first flu week are available from the 5th October to the 9th October.

Book your appointment now on our designated flu line: 01384 461 618.

Please remember when attending to:

  • Be on time
  • Wear a mask
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Stay safe

The flu vaccine is given as an annual injection to:

  • All adults over the age of 65 years
  • All adults at risk of flu with underlying health conditions
  • Children aged 6 months to 2 years at risk of flu

This year (2020), due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all over 50 year-olds will also be offered the vaccine. This will be later in the campaign (November/December) if supplies permit.

The flu vaccine is also given as an annual nasal spray to:

  • Children aged 2 to 18 years at risk of flu (healthy children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are also eligible but at their school, not at Lion Health).
  • Healthy children aged 2 and 3 years old on 31st August 2020 (that is, those born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2018).

The flu jab does not cause you to get the flu!

Studies have shown that the flu jab does work and will help prevent you getting the flu. It won’t stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary between people, so it’s not a 100% guarantee that you’ll be flu-free, but if you do get flu after vaccination it’s likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.

Flu jab side effects:

Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the jab, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.

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.

More Information Coming Soon.