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


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 2021-22 Season 


Flu Update 02/12/2021

We have continued to offer flu vaccinations to all those who are eligible and have our final Saturday clinic at the beginning of December, we will continue to invite eligible patients and run small clinics throughout December at Bridge Health Centre and Ethelbert Road. 

We will continue to offer home visits for those who are unable to attend the surgery. 

Currently, the practice has vaccinated 83% of the over 65 group, 65% of the 18-65s and 45% of the under 18s who are not having their vaccination at school. 

If you are eligible and have not booked, please contact the practice as soon as possible OR if you have an appointment booked, please request one at the time. 


Flu Update 21/09/2021

Our first delivery of Flu vaccinations have now arrived at Canterbury Medical Practice and we are currently contacting those patients eligible to book into our Saturday Flu clinics across all sites.

Please note: Our Flu vaccine clinics are dependent on the delivery of the vaccines and we aim to invite all as soon as possible, Thank you for your patience.

Please bear with us as we are also planning the delivery of our Phase 3 covid-19 vaccine programme to ensure all of our most vulnerable patients can access a third dose in line with government guidelines.

There is a particular risk of severe illness from catching flu for:

  • older people
  • the very young
  • pregnant women
  • those with underlying disease, such as chronic respiratory or cardiac disease
  • those who are immunosuppressed

This year you are also recommended to have the flu vaccine if you are:

  • the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • all children aged 2 to 15 years old on 31 August 2021


Please do not contact the practice as we will contact you by telephone or text for your flu vaccine and we aim to update our website on a regular basis. If you haven’t heard by mid- October and feel you are eligible, please do speak to one of our team who will be happy to help.


Flu Update: 10/09/2021

Unfortunately, we have been informed  that due to road freight challenges, there will be a delay to scheduled delivery of influenza vaccine  for our over 65yr old population by one to two weeks. We are now having to re-schedule our flu clinics and apologise for any inconvenience and will keep our website updated with next steps. Than k you for your co-operation and we will update asap. 

Patients 65 and over: 

There is a different vaccine for patients 65 and over, specificially designed for this age group.

We will be delivering Fluad which is a Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Inactivated Flu (influenza) vaccine from the beginining of September in designated flu clinics.

 Patients attending for ordinary GP or nurse appointments may be offered a flu vaccine during these if well enough at that time.

Clinics avaliable to patients over 65 eligible for the flu vaccine: 

We will contact you to arrange an appointment depending on flu deliveries 

Patients under 65 and eligible due to clinical condition: 

The vaccine eligible for patients aged 18 to 64 is an Inactivated Quadrivalent Vaccine (QIV).  We will be delivering Influvac this year from mid-September.

Children (2-3 year olds):

The live nasal flu vaccine for 2 to 3 years old is called Fluenz which is given via the nostrils. 

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 may be November, providing there is sufficient vaccines. 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. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.


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