The essence of this page will be to inform and advise on a variety of health care activities in the town, updated regularly, with links for direct contact. The first notice contains information concerning the imminent flu vaccinations being organised at the Medical Centre.
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Henley Medical Centre’s flu clinics for adults will start from 21st September 2019.
Adult flu immunisation
Patients eligible to receive a free flu vaccination include: all patients 65 years and over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2020), those with chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetics, those who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatments, pregnant women, the morbidly obese, people in long stay residential homes, carers and health and household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, health and social care staff.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible to have a flu vaccination, you can contact our reception for advice.
Childhood flu immunisation – (available at Henley from the end of October)
The children’s flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu.
Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
In the autumn/winter of 2019/20, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019 – that is, children born between 1 September2015 and 31 August 2017
- all primary school children
- children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions
Who will give the children’s flu vaccination?
Children aged 2 and 3 will be given the vaccination at their general practice, by the practice nurse.
Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on 31 August 2019. These children will be offered the vaccination at their general practice.
Primary school children will be offered their vaccination in school.
Children who are home educated will also be offered the vaccine, provided they are in an eligible age group. Parents can obtain information about arrangements from their local NHS England Public Health Commissioning team.
Appointment bookings are now being taken, so please telephone today and book your appointment.
For more detailed information about flu vaccinations please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Amanda Taylor, Practice Manager