Flu Clinics & Information



Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.


Flu can affect anyone, but if you have a long-term health condition the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well. You should have the free flu vaccine if you are:


  • aged 65 years or over (You're eligible for the flu vaccine this year if you'll be aged 65 or over on 31 March 2021)
  • pregnant

or have a long term condition such as:

  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis or emphysema
  • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
  • a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • chronic liver disease
  • had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • diabetes
  • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
  • a learning disability
  • splenic dysfunction or asplenia
  • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)

You should also consider having the flu vaccine if you are:

  • the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • a household contact of an immunocompromised person
  • a health or social care worker
  • a household contact of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List (see below for details)

People on the NHS Shielded Patient List for COVID-19 are eligible for a free flu vaccine and it is really important this year that they receive it. 

We want to keep those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 well this winter and we do not want them to catch flu. In order to reduce the chance of a person who has an underlying health condition catching flu from members of their household we will be offering them the flu vaccine. If you are on the NHS Shielded Patient List and live with other household members or you expect to share accommodation with other household members on most days over the winter, making close contact unavoidable, then you should ask your household contacts to request a free flu vaccine.


Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List who usually receive the vaccination because they are themselves in an at risk group as above or are 65 and over will be contacted and invited for their vaccination in the usual way. Other household contacts who would not normally receive the vaccine should contact their surgery for details on when and how they will receive the vaccine. By having the vaccination, household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List can reduce their chances of getting flu and spreading it to the person they live with who is more vulnerable.


This year our adult over 65 flu vaccination clinic will run slightly differently in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.


Each patient will be allocated a specific slot to come to the practice. We ask that patients adhere to their times. This is to ensure we can socially distance appropriately for the safety of patients and staff. You will be asked to wait at a social distance outside Bullock Fair Close practice; staff members will be on hand to help you. We will be operating a one way system through the practice and patients will be moved through the surgery in small groups at a time.


Please be aware you may be asked to wait outside; therefore please bring a coat and umbrella if necessary.


Please DO NOT arrive before your appointment slot. If you have mobility issues or are unable to make your allocated appointment date or time, please contact the surgery to make arrangements or an alternative appointment time on 01379 853217, option 6 after 10am. If you are housebound due to your health conditions please let us know and we will arrange for a district nurse to visit you and administer the vaccination.


Please may we request patients make use of the hand sanitisers located throughout the practice.


Face coverings must also be worn at all times whilst waiting to enter the practice and whilst in the building. We will have lots of clinicians vaccinating to ensure your visit to the practice is as short as possible.


At regular intervals, we will clean all frequent touch points throughout the building and our staff will be wearing the recommended PPE for your protection.


This year our Adult over 65 flu vaccination clinic will be held on Saturday 3rd October 2020 and Saturday 17th October 2020 at Bullock Fair:


NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED - Simply turn up at your allotted time, details will be sent to you by text or letter


Please be aware our vaccine delivery is scheduled for Friday 2nd October 2020, we will provide text updates with regards to delivery. If you do not have a mobile please check our website to confirm the vaccines have been delivered to the practice before attending, alternatively please call the surgery to listen to the recorded delivery update message.


DO NOT attend the practice if you or a member of your household has a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss of/change in your sense of smell or taste or you have been advised to self-isolate due to a recent return from overseas travel. Instead, please contact the surgery to make an alternative appointment.


If you have not previously informed us of your ethnicity please could you provide us with a written note to inform us of this when you arrive for your vaccination for our records, a box will be on the reception desk for your letters to be deposited in.


We look forward to seeing you at the flu clinic.


If you do not wish to take this opportunity for a flu vaccination, please call our cancellation line on 01379 855908, leaving your name, date of birth and first line of your address, declining the offer of invitation for this year. We would like to direct you to the NHS.uk website for more information on the flu vaccination and the benefits of having one before contacting us. The address details are: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/


Yours sincerely,

Harleston Medical Practice


Those 18 to less than 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group (as mentioned above) 

Please contact the surgery on 01379 853217, after 10am to book your appointment. 

Children's clinic

Vaccines are now available at the practice. All children eligible will be invited individually. Please contact the surgery on 01379 853217, after 10am to book your appointment if you have not heard from us. 


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