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 2022-23 Season 


Flu Update 12/09/2022

Out first delivery of flu vaccinations have now arrived at Canterbury Medical Practice and we are holding our first ‘under 65’ clinic on Saturday 17th September. We are planning to run vaccination clinics every Saturday throughout the rest of September, October and into November. We will also be running clinics through-out the week and during our evening clinics.

We are expecting further deliveries in September and October, as our deliveries are confirmed, we are sending text messages or phoning those who are eligible to book.

We also have a new service available to enable patients to book their appointment online if they access to the NHS or Patient Access App. 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 ordinary 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, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is mid-October. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then, this is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.

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