Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation

Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?

Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk.

Who Is At Risk?

  • If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
  • If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
  • If you have chronic heart disease
  • If you have chronic renal disease
  • If you are diabetic
  • If you have a weak immune system
  • If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
  • If you have a chronic liver disease
  • If you are a carer
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • All children aged 2 to 3 years old

Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?

Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Please phone the surgery during September to make an appointment if the above applies to you.

Flu Vaccinations 2023-24 Season 

Flu Update 18/09/2023

Out first delivery of flu vaccinations has arrived at Canterbury Medical Practice and we held our first flu clinic on Saturday 16th September. 

We are running vaccination clinics every Saturday throughout the rest of September and October as well as offering appointments throughout the week during usual opening hours and during our evening clinics on Thursdays. 

We are expecting further deliveries in September and October, as our deliveries are confirmed, our dedicated administration team are sending text messages or phoning those who are eligible to book. Eligible patients may also be sent a ‘self-book’ link to book their appointment,  we are hoping this will help to reduce the number of patients calling the practice to book an appointment, helping with the waiting times on the phone line.

Patients attending for other GP or nurse appointments may be offered a flu vaccine if well enough at that time and we have available stock.

As a priority the practice will also be vaccinating those patients who live in a care home or are currently housebound. If you are housebound and unable to attend the surgery for your vaccination, please contact the surgery to arrange a home visit.

Depending on your age group you will be offered one of the following flu vaccines:

  • Over 65 – Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Inactivated Flu (influenza) vaccine
  • Under 65 – Cell-Based Quadrivalent Inactivated Flu (influenza) Virus Vaccine
  • Under 18s – The live nasal flu vaccine for 2 to 3 years old is called Fluenz which is given via the nostrils.

Please note: we are continuing to work collaboratively with the Sea Cadet Hall for the majority of Covid-19 Autumn Booster vaccinations and we are offering a very limited number of Covid-19 vaccinations at the practice for those in the priority groups.

Patients aged 50-64:

Please note that patients aged between 50 and 64 years old and not in a clinical at-risk group, will not be offered a free flu vaccination this winter. Flu vaccinations in local pharmacies remain available privately for those patients that fall in that age group but still wish to get vaccinated.

This year it is more important than ever to get yourself vaccinated against flu.

For more information about the NHS Flu Campaign, please follow this link