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Haddenham Surgery



FLU VACCINATIONS - Winter 2019/20






Flu vaccinations generate much needed financial income for the practice.  Every vaccination given by a Pharmacist is income lost, which means less money for the Partners to use on staff and essential equipment.







The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness.  Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.


Flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect the windpipe and lungs and because it’s caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it.  




This year, three types of flu vaccine will be used in the flu programme.


This will benefit patients by ensuring that they have the most suitable vaccine that gives them the best protection against flu. The three vaccines are:



 (aTIV) - for people 65 years and over.   (QIV) - "At Risk" for 6 months to 2 years and 18 years to 64 years.    (LAIV) - nasal spray for 2 years to 17 years.


However, we will be receiving our supplies of vaccines in batches and so as to ensure we have adequate supplies for clinics, we will not be offering any drop in clinics this year.  



The best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts.


This year the following people will be eligible for a Flu vaccine:-

  • Those aged 65 years and over
  • Those aged six months to under 65 in clinical risk groups
    • Diabetes,
    • Chest or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis or emphysema
    • Heart problem
    • Kidney Disease
    • Liver Disease
    • Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment
    • Stroke or TIA (transient ischaemic attack)
  • Pregnant women
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes
  • Carers - the main carer for an older or disabled person

Children in the Clinical Risk Groups


Children over six months of age that have one of the conditions in the Clinical Risk Groups, should have a flu vaccination.  These children are more likely to become severely ill if they catch flu, and it could make their existing condition worse.


The flu vaccine does not work well in babies under six months of age so it is not recommended. This is why it is so important that pregnant women have the vaccination as they will pass on some immunity to their baby that will protect them during the early months of their life.


This year there are also other groups of children being offered the flu vaccination. This is to help protect them against the disease and help reduce its spread both to other children, including their brothers or sisters, and, of course, their parents and grandparents.


The children being offered the vaccine this year, are:

  • All children two, three and four years of age; ie born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2017 - this vaccination will be given in the surgery 
  • All children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; ie born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2015 - this vaccination will be arranged at school

For most children, the vaccine will be given as a spray in each nostril. This is a very quick and painless procedure. 



Click here to find out who should have the flu jab and why - Includes information for children and pregnant women.




Click here to find out which flu jab children should have.




Click here for more information about Flu - symptoms, treatment, vaccines etc






















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