Book your Flu Vaccination with us now!
Clinics starting 5th October 2019
The Flu Vaccination is recommended if you are:
- Aged 65 or Over
- Health and Social Care Workers
- A person with a BMI > 40
A medical condition such as;
- Lungs eg. COPD/Asthma
- Neurological and Immune System
2019 SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION CLINIC
Clare House Surgery
Saturday 5th October
Please call Clare House Surgery on 01884 252337 after 11am to make an appointment.
If you are unable to attend on this date please check back after 1st October when details of additional clinics will be available.
2019 SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION DROP IN CLINICS
St Michael’s Community Hall, Station Road, Bampton, EX16 9NG
Monday 7th October
8am – 1pm
2pm – 5pm
Surnames A to J
Tuesday 8th October
8am – 1pm
2pm – 5pm
Surnames K to Z
NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will give me my vaccine?
Your vaccine will be administered by one of our experienced Practice Nurses.
What do I do if I don’t want the vaccine?
Please let us know if you do not wish to have the influenza vaccination this year so we can update your record and not send you any further reminders.
Can I have my flu vaccine at a pharmacy?
We do understand that this may be convenient for you but organising and running flu clinics is a big undertaking for us both in terms of time and cost. We would really appreciate your support and hope you will come along to one of our clinics.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu. It won’t stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, 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.
There is also evidence to suggest that the flu vaccine can reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Over time, protection from the injected flu vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains often change. So new flu vaccines are produced each year, which is why people advised to have the flu vaccine need it every year too.
Flu vaccine side effects
Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.
Side effects of the nasal spray vaccine may commonly include a runny or blocked nose, headache, tiredness and some loss of appetite.
Read more about the side effects of the flu vaccine.
How safe is the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccines used in the national programme have a good safety record.
When to have a flu vaccine
The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to end of November, but don’t worry if you’ve missed it, you can have the vaccine later in winter. Ask your GP or pharmacist.